March 29, 1965

Medicine and Health in New Jersey: A History

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By David L. Cowen. New Jersey Historical Series, vol 16. 229 pp, with illus. $3.95. D. Van Nostrand Co., 120 Alexander St, Princeton, NJ, 1964

JAMA. 1965;191(13):1089. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080130049029

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In any field of learning, if we start with a small area and explore thoroughly, we will acquire insight into the whole. The present volume, undertaken as part of a series to commemorate the New Jersey Tercentenary celebration, traces the history of medicine in New Jersey. And in so doing, it provides the reader not only with a fine local chronicle, but with an overall view of the progress of medicine in this country as well.

The scale is relatively small, for in less than 200 text pages only the highlights can be traced. But Professor Cowen gives us a rapid and effective survey of Colonial medicine, and the profound and often painful changes which the 19th century brought about, and then the most recent developments of the 20th century. New Jersey is indeed the focus of exposition, but the lessons are of broader import.

The practice of medicine is

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