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December 23, 1922

Selected Works of Thomas Sydenham, M.D. With a Short Biography and Explanatory Notes.

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By John D. Comrie, M.A., B.Sc., M.D., Lecturer on History of Medicine and on Clinical Medicine in the University of Edinburgh. Cloth. Price, $3. Pp. 152, with illustrations. New York: William Wood & Co., 1922.

JAMA. 1922;79(26):2187. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640260059045

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Many physicians who would be dismayed at the task of reading Sydenham's writings, even in translation, will welcome this small volume of well selected extracts. The one on gout, especially interesting, occupies about one fourth of the book. Among the other briefer articles are those on rheumatism, chorea, hysteria, venereal diseases, epidemic diseases and scarlatina. A bibliography of Sydenham's works is given. There is a biographic sketch that has the merit of being something more than a mere record of dates and events; it reveals to us Sydenham as a man, a living personality.

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