November 1965

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

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By G. W. Corner. Price, $7. Pp 363, with illustrations. J. R. Lippincott Co., E Washington Sq, Philadelphia, Pa 19105, 1965.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(5):800-801. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870050154037

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Dr. Corner, a graduate of Johns Hopkins Medical School, has written an outstandingly good historical account of America's first medical school. Dr. Corner has accumulated a very large amount of diverse material about the school and its professors and organized the innumerable details into a coherent body of information. He has been especially skillful in the manner in which he has made the men's own written words reveal those aspects of their characters that affected the growth and development of the school. Dr. Corner creates no hypothetical conversations or supposed thoughts in developing his history.

It is interesting to note that the greatest advances occurred in association with the fiercest personal conflicts among the members of the faculty and the governing boards. This situation is certain to be disconcerting to a generation taught to believe that togetherness is the ideal functional state and that uniformity of thinking is the only

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