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September 14, 1929

Four Centuries of Medical History in Canada and a Sketch op the Medical History of Newfoundland.

JAMA. 1929;93(11):870. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710110056037

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Here is a work of contemporary medical history extraordinarily readable and accurate. As is pointed out in the preface, the medical history of Canada is rather easy to write for several reasons. Important documents have been preserved. The country is vast and the number of physicians and medical institutions relatively small. The author has done well in his discussions of epidemic diseases in Canada to quote freely from original writers. The book covers almost every phase of medical interest, including not only all the diseases that have attracted special interest but the physicians who were pioneers, the medical journals, medical societies, medical schools and hospitals, and the public health services. The book constitutes, therefore, not only a record of things past but a directory of things medical as they are. It is a valuable book of reference and, for the physician with an interest in Canada, a most entertaining work.

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