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March 19, 1960


J. H. T.
JAMA. 1960;172(12):1289-1290. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020120067013

The narrative by Taylor Caldwell,1 published last summer, "Dear and Glorious Physician," is the second historical novel about St. Luke that has appeared in recent years. Early in the preceding decade, after an intensive historical study of ancient medicine and ancient history, Frank Slaughter,2 a physician turned novelist, presented a delightful portrayal of medical practice by St. Luke at the time of Christ. After I had read Slaughter's tale of St. Luke, I queried the author as to the source of information that might have been helpful in interpreting the reference to the treatment of gout 2,000 years ago. His reply was forthright, with the frank admission that a considerable quantity of speculation entered into the construction of this and other portions of his novel. "... and when Luke told him of the need of Ambassador Gallio for the powdered crocus leaves ( Colchicum ) which had so effectively relieved the gout for

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