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September 29, 1934

A Short History of Some Common Diseases

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By Divers Authors. Edited by W. R. Bett, M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., Hon. Secretary, Section of History of Medicine, Centenary Meeting, British Medical Association. Cloth. Price, $3.50. Pp. 211. New York & London: Oxford University Press, 1934.

JAMA. 1934;103(13):1018. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750390062034

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Abstract

Here under one cover are assembled numerous references to a vast amount of literature presenting the progress medicine has made in controlling various diseases. A considerable number of competent British authors have combined in the development of the book. They not only indicate the names of those who have made studies but also the origins of words used in connection with various diseases, the dates of great epidemics and much miscellaneous information. Furthermore, short bibliographies are provided for those who wish to read further. One is invariably surprised at the antiquity of much of medical knowledge. The history of appendicitis is one of the most interesting chapters in the book. In this chapter adequate attention is paid to the contribution of Fitz. The author relates the popularity of appendicitis as a diagnosis in England to the operation performed on King Edward VII by Sir Frederick Treves. The volume is a

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