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July 28, 1962

Disease and Destiny; a Bibliography of Medical References to the Famous

JAMA. 1962;181(4):356. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050300076037

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Abstract

Books which contain bibliographical source materials are rare. There is a tremendous amount of time and energy involved in the accumulation of such material. To tabulate and publish such a bibliographical source for the health and disease of the world's great people is nothing short of phenomenal. Yet Dr. J. B. Gilbert's book has done precisely this.

He includes all the world's outstanding personalities from Hammurabi, the king of Babylon in the 20th century B.c., to those prominent citizens of the world who lived to the mid-20th century A.D. These people are listed alphabetically, with their inclusive dates and a short identification of their position in life. Under their names, a bibliography which deals with their health or disease is tabulated chronologically. Perhaps the most remarkable fact in connection with this material is that it has been gathered from world literature. This naturally makes it definitive.

It is frankly admitted

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