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September 18, 1954

Seventy-Five Years of Medical Progress—1878-1953

JAMA. 1954;156(3):291. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950030083028

During the past three-quarters of a century medical scientists have learned more about the nature and treatment of disease, and about its prevention, than in the previous 3,000 years. Indeed, new discoveries, new methods, new drugs, and new treatments now come with such startling rapidity that it is almost impossible for physicians to keep up with them. Therefore, most physicians must restrict their interests and studies to their own special fields of medical practice, while attempting to obtain only a general idea of the outstanding advances of medicine as a whole. Since this book summarizes both the story of the past 75 years in medicine and the present extent of medical knowledge, it is valuable as a compilation of the medically recent past, especially when viewed from the vantage point of current specialized practice, as described by specialists themselves. In the field of each medical and surgical specialty, as well

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