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December 13, 1947

México en la cultura médica

JAMA. 1947;135(15):1039. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890150083030

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One of the most distinguished cardiologists in the Western Hemisphere has written this latest study on the role played by Mexico in medical progress. It is actually not a history but rather a condensed review of outstanding contributions, any pretension at originality being frankly disclaimed. While stressing the wealth of therapeutic material dropped by the Aztecs on the hands of the wondering Spaniards and the pioneer achievements of the former New Spain in the Americas, it is also recognized that scientific advance, as a result of various adverse conditions, has been necessarily slow. Even now quality must unavoidably suffer when 5,000 students are crowded in the largest medical school with accommodations and equipment barely adequate for less than half as many. The book is beautifully printed and illustrated and furnishes on the whole an excellent picture of Mexican medicine both in the past and the present. Some assertions may be

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