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May 5, 1951

Surgeons Twoe and a Barber: Being Some Account of the Life and Work of the Indian Medical Service (1600-1947)

JAMA. 1951;146(1):73. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670010077036

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India is a country that is fascinating to many, and this book helps explain some of the reasons for its fascination, particularly for those who have had an opportunity to become closely affiliated with the medical services and opportunities that exist there. The book is not a history of the Indian Medical Service, which was prepared earlier by another author. It is, however, an assignment undertaken by the author to bring up to date the role of the Indian Medical Service. The tenor of this book and the objective of the author probably are best reflected in some of the words from the foreword:

India has come of age; and the claims of the health services, insistently pressed by the Indian Medical Service, are at last receiving the attention from the public and from official sources that is their due. An increasingly numerous and capable independent medical profession, the vast

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