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There is much to be said for a vivid interest in regional history, whether it be social, medical, economic, or whatnot. The history of America is made up of the doings, philosophies, and attitudes of the people. Detailed studies by some of the people who have contributed matters of regional interest to local medical history have not been strikingly successful, nor have they been pursued with much enthusiasm in this country. Very few physicians, for instance, have ever taken the trouble to do what Daniel Drake did for Cincinnati and its medical history. Fewer still have anatomized the evidence and then developed an understanding of the whole ecology of man in a large region as Drake did in Diseases of the Interior Valley of North America. Most of the doctors recorded in Rogers' book were unknown to me. They are not widely known, not even Dr. John Browne, who was
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