June 1937

The Study of the History of Science.

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By George Sarton. Price, $1.50. Pp. 75, with 6 illustrations. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1936.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1937;59(6):1113. doi:10.1001/archinte.1937.00170220189014

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Nowadays in the program of medical education increasing emphasis is being placed on the history of medicine. Students, who heretofore were taught nothing of the lore of the medical guild, now often become first class amateur historians and, occasionally, are trained as professional historians by those schools fortunate enough to have a department of medical history.

Here is a booklet to delight the heart of any one with a historical bent. It sketches in barest outline what the study of the history of science means, how such a study is conducted and whither such a study may lead. It is charmingly written. It is the sort of volume that should be on the open shelves of every medical library as a particularly tempting morsel of bait to be gobbled up by hungry-minded students.

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