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January 8, 1898

Masters of Medicine.

Author Affiliations

A Series of Monographs, edited by Ernest Hart, D.C.L., Editor of the British Medical Journal. Each volume with photogravure frontispiece. Large crown octavo, cloth. 1. John Hunter; Man of Science and Surgeon (1728-1793). By Stephen Paget, with introduction by Sir James Paget. Pp. 273, $1.25. 2. William Harvey. By D'Arcy Power, F.S.A., F.R.C.S. Eng., Surgeon to the Victoria Hospital for Children, Chelsea. Pp. xii-283, $1.25. New York: Longmans, Green & Co., publishers, 91 and 95 Fifth Avenue.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(2):105. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440540053028

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In the long fight against disease, especially its causes and for prevention, which has so far resulted in increasing the average length of human life to a considerable degree, the lives of those masters who have led in this warfare can not fail to be of great interest.

The names selected by the distinguished editor, Ernest Hart, are John Hunter, William Harvey, Edward Jenner, Sir James Simpson, Hermann von Helmholtz, William Stokes, Claude Bernard, Sir Benjamin Brodie, Thomas Sydenham, Vesalius.

The first two of these volumes are before us, and although much has been written of John Hunter and William Harvey, yet we must say that these volumes add very much to the general stock of knowledge concerning them, and to general literature has added a couple of biographies as entertaining as they are generally useful.

These lives are destined to become English classics and as such read by every

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