January 3, 1986

American Medicine Comes of Age, 1840-1920: Essays to Commemorate the Founding of The Journal of the American Medical Association, July 14, 1883

Author Affiliations

Abilene (Tex) Christian University


by Lester S. King (published in JAMA 1982-1984), 115 pp, paper, $11, Chicago, American Medical Association, 1984.

JAMA. 1986;255(1):97. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370010107034

This volume includes 24 essays on American medical history that appeared consecutively, at monthly intervals, in The Journal of the American Medical Association beginning with the issue of July 9, 1982. In these essays commemorating the establishment of The Journal in 1883, Lester S. King, MD, a member of its editorial staff and a distinguished medical historian, has emphasized the social and economic side of medicine as well as its scientific development. He has restricted his treatment largely to major developments in the American medical scene from near the middle of the 19th century to the early 20th century, but he also provides an account of the heritage English and Colonial medicine transmitted to the 19th century.

King explains the limited extent to which the American colonies could appropriate English medical models. The English two-tier medical structure, including physicians in the first tier and apothecaries and surgeons in the second, could