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June 12, 1937

History of Chinese Medicine: Being a Chronicle of Medical Happenings in China from Ancient Times to the Present Period

JAMA. 1937;108(24):2068. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780240060029

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A review of the first edition was published in The Journal, July 1, 1933. That a second edition was forthcoming about four years later attests the fact that the history of Chinese medicine is a fascinating story. The volume comprises two distinct books: Book one, by Dr. K. C. Wong, lecturer on medical history at the National University in Shanghai, deals with the history of the indigenous art from the earliest recorded period to the close of the eighteenth century; and book two, by Dr. Wu Lien-teh, director of the Manchurian Plague Prevention Service, treats of the last 130 years, the period since the introduction into China of Western medicine by the foreign missionaries. Book one is the smaller for two reasons: (1) there are many difficulties inherent in the collection of records of medical discoveries during the very early centuries covered by the first book and (2) medical progress

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