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January 29, 1955

A History of Medicine. Volumes I and II

JAMA. 1955;157(5):483. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950220077041

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The expressed intent of the author has been to write a history of medicine primarily for the medical student and the medical practitioner in order "to interest them more in the history of their own profession, which, despite attacks and abuse, despite quacks and charlatans, and in spite of its own mistakes, has proved itself more enduring than any of the civilizations which gave birth to it." In this two volume history, the author has succeeded admirably in tracing the healing art from prehistoric to current times. The text is profusely illustrated and is supplemented by biographic material at the end of each chapter. A medical canard proclaims that medical history should be reserved only for septuagenarians and octogenarians. This work should effectively put the proclamation to rest, for it is vital, vigorous, and engaging, and the reader is assured of many delightful hours of reading.

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