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.
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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