July 31, 1948

History of Medicine: A Correlative Text, Arranged According to Subjects

JAMA. 1948;137(14):1264. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890480084035

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Dr. Mettler emphasizes the purpose of this book the providing of a sense of perspective in facilitating the study of the history of medicine, emphasizing the fundamental value of important medical principles and establishing a feeling of proportion among the component fields of medicine. The student is supplied with an introduction to the principles underlying the development of the various fields embraced in the medical curriculum and an opportunity to become familiar with men who have contributed outstandingly to the progress of the medical sciences. The text is divided into chapters containing the history of a particular subject,with the idea that history of each subject may be studied concurrently with the present day texts. While for these purposes the book will undoubtedly be valuable to the student, as history it lacks unity of presentation of period and integration philosophically with the changing culture of the times. The author has been

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