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Books, Journals, New Media
June 25, 2003

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Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(24):3312. doi:10.1001/jama.289.24.3312-a

According to modern criteria, scientific medicine began in the 1880s when the newly established field of bacteriology transformed views about the etiology and treatment of disease. As Romano notes, however, even before this date 19th-century physicians considered their medicine scientific, although they had different ideas from ours as to what that entailed and often expressed doubts about the desirability of closer ties between the laboratory and the clinic. By accepting contemporary definitions, the author is able to present the entire professional career of the British pathologist and physiologist Sir John Burdon Sanderson as one dedicated to "making medicine scientific."

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