November 15, 1965

Two Centuries of Medicine: A History of the School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

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by George W. Comer, 363 pp, with illus, $7, Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1965.

JAMA. 1965;194(7):834. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090200142041

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The title is apt. Dr. Comer not only gives us a history of the oldest medical school in this country but, through its windows, shows us the panorama of American medicine during two centuries. The great figures of early American medicine, such as Morgan, Shippen, Rush, Kuhn, pass before us as the new medical school took shape and struggled through its early years. With the dislocations of the Revolutionary War and the postwar period, new physicians came into prominence and assumed leadership.

Dr. Corner, as he traces the fortunes and events of the school, lays constant stress on the problems that beset medicine as a whole. In brief compass we perceive how the social and scientific climate changed, and how medical practice altered. We see the problems of medical education—the limitations of the lecture system, the lack of practical training, the difficulties in securing suitable hospital facilities, the conflict between

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