In medicine, as in other arts and sciences, the men who did things in the past have frequently failed to write accounts of what they did, or else have assumed that their readers must be familiar with the details and the circumstances, and therefore have omitted to describe the latter. The consequence is that there are many distinct gaps in the history of medicine; but, fortunately, these may sometimes be filled out by the chance references of non-medical writers. Some interesting and important facts may be thus secured.
MEDICAL HISTORY AND NON-MEDICAL WRITERS. JAMA. 2009;301(12):1295. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.340