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Previous to the publication of this contribution the foremost history of medicine in America was the book by Mulford. The story of medicine in America is some 200 years old. Much of our development is the reflection of work done abroad, but there has been a melting pot of science as well as a melting pot of races and nations—to the advantage of medicine. Dr. Packard has not attempted an evaluation of the recent development of foundations for research and great institutes for medical education. His consideration practically ends with the beginning of the present century.
Quite recently many of the states have been developing individual histories which are exceedingly valuable. These are reflected in Dr. Packard's book. In his first volume he considers medical legislation, education and hospitals during the earliest period, the medical profession in the war for independence and the history of the medical department of the
History of Medicine in the United States.. JAMA. 1932;98(9):759. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730350073031