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August 2, 1930

The Beginnings: Egypt and Assyria.

JAMA. 1930;95(5):365. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720050053040

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This is the first volume of a series of handbooks on the history of medicine to be edited by Dr. E. B. Kumbhaar. The form is ideal in that the books are small enough to be carried in the pocket, inexpensive, and at the same time authoritative and interesting. Among the authors selected are many leaders in the field of clinical medicine as well as medical history. It is particularly significant, moreover, that they are the names of men who have established reputations for literary ability in medical fields. The Egyptian and Assyrian periods represent the very beginnings of medicine. Dr. Dawson considers the spiritual backgrounds, the relationship of primitive medicine to magic and the facts brought out in the famous Ebers, Berlin and Smith papyri. He traces the relationships of the medicine of Egypt and Assyria to each other and to the beginnings of Greek and modern medicine. The

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