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January 7, 1998

History of German MedicineMedicine and Modernity: Public Health and Medical Care in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Germany

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1998;279(1):87-88. doi:10.1001/jama.279.1.87-JBK0107-3-1

In 10 chapters and a very useful introduction by Geoffrey Cocks, this collection brings together some of the best recent scholarship about the rise and spread of an increasingly professionalized and scientific medicine that has had a profound influence around the world. As indebted as we are to Rudolf Virchow, Robert Koch, et al, the tragedies of two world wars begun by Germany and the horrors of the Holocaust are never far from our consciousness, and to the credit of the scholars represented in this book, those tragic events are not far from their work. Like a black hole, as Geoffrey Cocks notes in the introduction, everything eventually is drawn toward the events during the Third Reich.

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