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October 22, 1955

The Story of Medicine

JAMA. 1955;159(8):826. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960250088040

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In the first part of this book, medical discoveries and medical discoverers are dealt with in chronological order. Medical pioneers are depicted as their fellow men saw them, against a background of their own times. In the second part, the rise of specialization and the division of medicine into a number of different fields of research are discussed without placing events in strict chronological order. Whereas medicine originally advanced in a haphazard way, no medical theory or discovery being accepted until it made its entry into the world at the right psychological moment, current medical progress has become more impersonal and is more and more the result of collateral advances both in the medical field and in allied scientific disciplines. Reading this book should provide a rewarding experience for the reader, be he a physician or a member of the laity, as the engrossing story of medicine is traced through

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