August 5, 1944

The Romance of Medicine: The Story of the Evolution of Medicine from Occult Practices and Primitive Times

JAMA. 1944;125(14):1000. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850320058030

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This is a learned work about the history of medicine, excellently illustrated and arranged according to a special plan. The book is badly titled, because the author has missed a great deal of what is romantic and dramatic in the development of medicine. However, his chapters on the location of the vital energy, demonology, astrology, symbolism, magic and occult healing condense much material that is not easily available in a single chapter elsewhere. Indeed, the work partakes far more of the philosophy of medicine than of romance. For the subject it discusses it is a most valuable addition to works on the history of medicine.

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