Book Reviews
August 1927


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By BERNHARD J. STERN. Price, $2.25. Pp. 132. New York: Columbia University Press, 1927.

Am J Dis Child. 1927;34(2):322. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1927.04130200166016

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The first part of this book is concerned with a discussion of the underlying factors that have caused opposition to progress in medicine. Among physicans, vested interests, prestige of existing authority, personal animosity and justifiable scepticism have all played a part. Among the laity, opposition to dissection and to animal experimentation is said to have as a basis an identification of the individual with the corpse or animal.

In the second part, the author shows that new discoveries in medicine are inevitable and depend not so much on the extraordinarily gifted person as on the ripeness of the times.

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