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December 3, 1927

An Introduction to the History of Medicine from the Time of the Pharaohs to the End of the XVIIIth Century.

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By Charles Greene Cumston, M.D., Lecturer on the History of Medicine and Medical Philosophy in the University of Geneva. With an essay on the relation of history and philosophy to medicine. By F. G. Crookshank, M.D., F.R.C.P. Cloth. Price, $5. Pp. 390, with 25 illustrations. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926.

JAMA. 1927;89(23):1988. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690230072034

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This volume is devoted primarily to a philosophical presentation of the history of medicine from the Egyptian period to the end of the eighteenth century. It is part of a series of books on the history of civilization by one publisher. It is especially to be commended for the quality of the printing, for the reproduction of numerous unusual engravings, many of them from the author's personal collection, and for the intelligence of the presentation. Cumston considers the growth of medicine as a pure science and as an applied science. He is able in the midst of his philosophical deductions to present practically all the available facts that appear in other works on the subject. The book is not to be recommended to the beginning student in the history of medicine, but is likely to constitute a fascinating volume for any one interested in the trend of medical thought through

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