THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY of the first publication of the St. Bartholomew's Hospital Reports (Bart's Reports) occurs this year. During the 74 years of its existence (1865-1939), this publication has recorded many original contributions to medicine, some of which have become minor classics. During the latter half of the 19th century, medicine was in its descriptive heyday, and the Bart's Reports of that time are replete with masterful accounts of the natural history of disease. These early issues also constitute a superb source for descriptions of the types of illness encountered in London during the late 19th and early 20th century. Furthermore, to read them today gives a striking insight into not only how much medicine has changed, but how the whole fabric of society has altered.
In the preface to the first volume, the editors indicate that the Bart's Reports aim to give brief but accurate accounts of the
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