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June 1936

Disease and Destiny.

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By Ralph H. Major, M.D. With a preface by Logan Clendening, M.D. Price, $3.50. Pp. 338, with 47 illustrations. New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, Inc., 1936.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1936;57(6):1250. doi:10.1001/archinte.1936.00170100195016

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Abstract

Major, Professor of Medicine in the University of Kansas, already known for his adventures into the field of general literature through "The Doctor Explains," now offers a volume which will appeal to every one with an interest in romance. "Disease and Destiny," like Zinsser's "Rats, Lice and History," vividly portrays the part played by disease in shaping the course of human events. The author has traveled extensively; for many years his vacations have been spent in acquiring a personal acquaintance with the settings of the events that he describes, and his studies in the original literature in medicine, embodied recently in another book, "Classic Descriptions of Disease," fit him well for the present task. It probably was a congenial task. The result will provide many a pleasant hour for the reader.

The subjects of the various chapters in the book are as follows: the black death, the plague which brought

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