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This book was written with the hope, to quote from the preface of the English edition, "that it may prove of value not only to the layman, for whom it is primarily intended, but also to those medical practitioners and students who have not found time for my specialized study of the history of medicine." Here is a medical book for which one can earnestly hope the widest possible circulation. It cannot be endorsed too highly; so far as this reviewer knows, it is in a class by itself. It meets a need that is real and that other publications by medical columnists and by lay and professional writers for the laity do not meet. Its purpose is not to discuss isolated medical subjects but to tell the intelligent layman and the alert physician and student just what modern scientific medicine is and how it developed during the last hundred
A Hundred Years of Medicine.. Am J Dis Child. 1944;68(2):150. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1944.02020080070010