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June 16, 1999

Colonial MedicineThe Doctor in Colonial America

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JAMA. 1999;281(23):2250-2251. doi:10.1001/jama.281.23.2250-JBK0616-3-1

In The Doctor in Colonial America Dr Zachary Friedenberg takes the reader on a detailed and fascinating tour through the medical and surgical history of colonial America. As the introduction indicates, this book is not intended only for a medically educated readership. In fact, it is best understood and appreciated from a historical than from a medical perspective.

Throughout the well-researched and engaging text, Friedenberg portrays the colonial physician as someone who appeared on the scene to accept responsibility for treatment while attempting to relieve the anxieties of patient and family. Unfortunately, the physician was most often powerless to cure a disease or illness that was destined to take its natural course with the outcome dictated by its virulence and the general health of the patient.

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