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December 12, 2001

HistoryWays of Knowing: A New History of Science, Technology and Medicine

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2001;286(22):2878-2879. doi:10.1001/jama.286.22.2878-JBK1212-4-1

For nearly a generation it has been difficult to put together a comprehensive text on the history of science, technology, and medicine in the Western world. Partly the problem was increasing specialization and an expanding domain; partly it reflected growing skepticism of master narratives and the impact of relativism and reflexivity in scholars' judgments of the past. Encyclopedic works abounded, but the review articles they contained often told us more about what scholars were doing than what the story was. Anyone wanting the whole story between two covers was likely to have to go back to Stephen Mason's Main Currents of Scientific Thought, originally published in 1956.

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