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December 4, 1937

Doctors on Horseback: Pioneers of American Medicine

JAMA. 1937;109(23):1934. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780490072045

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Abstract

The names of John Morgan, Benjamin Rush, Daniel Drake, William Beaumont, Crawford W. Long and William T. G. Morton loom large in the history of American medicine. These are the men whose biographies are included in "Doctors on Horseback" among the pioneers of American medicine. The author tells their stories with a straightforward biographic method that maintains interest throughout. He has selected well from the available materials and he has been able to find much material that previous biographers have overlooked. His analyses of the characters of the men and his dramatization of the high points in their lives will hold the interest of physician and lay reader alike. Among all of the characters whom he discusses Daniel Drake is no doubt least known to a general audience. Yet the life of Daniel Drake is intimately tied with the development of medical education in the Middle West and in its

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