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For a long time I have looked for a copy of Science and Medieval Thought. More than once I ordered it from book catalogues only to find that I had been anticipated. Now I have gotten a copy of this slim little volume to add to Allbutt's classics—The Historical Relations of Medicine and Surgery, On Professional Education, his two-volume survey of Diseases of the Arteries Including Angina Pectoris, and a well-worn copy of Notes on the Composition of Scientific Papers. I do not know what kind of a doctor Allbutt was. He had the reputation of having been a fine one and is said to have supplied George Eliot with a model for the physician of Middlemarch. That Allbutt was a distinguished writer and classical scholar stands forth clearly in his main published works.
Allbutt was much distressed that the somewhat artificial and circumstantial separation of physicians and
Bean WB. Science and Medieval Thought. Arch Intern Med. 1962;109(6):770–771. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620180132022