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This book is one of the signs of the increasing interest in the history of medicine and, indeed, in the history of culture that is taking place in this country. At one time there was a strong tendency on the part of all young physicians to believe that medicine began about twenty years ago, and that nothing that occurred before then was of any value. There was an underlying belief among such students that intelligence and knowledge are of this day's growth. This led to narrow mindedness and was a great evil.
Viets's "History of Medicine in Massachusetts" is in itself an interesting book and will help to spread the great truth that all science has its roots in the early history of man. The book should be read by everyone who is interested in the history of medicine. It is carefully written, accurate in statement and not provincially boastful.
A Brief History of Medicine in Massachusetts. Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(6):1513. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230180242025
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