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February 1933

Classic Descriptions of Disease.

Arch NeurPsych. 1933;29(2):432. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1933.02240080222025

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The increasing interest of medical men in the historical aspects of medicine is particularly heartening, for there is nothing so stimulating as a wide knowledge of the traditions of medicine. After all, medicine is an art, and the discoverers of disease have contributed more than their share in the development and the welfare of the race. Physicians are too prone to belittle their profession, and nothing will give them a better perspective of their craft than a knowledge of the great names of medical history. This particular volume deals with the classic descriptions of disease from the medical standpoint as contrasted, for example, with the neurologic aspect. With an introduction that naturally deals with Hippocrates, the author discusses the infectious diseases, diseases of metabolism, lead poisoning, diseases of the circulatory system, diseases of the blood, kidney diseases, respiratory diseases, deficiency diseases, allergic diseases and, finally, diseases of the digestive tract,

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