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November 16, 1935

The Story of Medicine in the Middle Ages

JAMA. 1935;105(20):1632. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760460068033

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This volume traces the rise of medicine and surgery from the time of the school of Salerno through the period of Paracelsus. Special chapters concern the development of the great universities, the work of the Arabian and the Jewish physicians, the rise of surgery, the great plagues and manias, the origins of syphilis, the textbooks of the period, and the hospitals. The volume concludes with a discussion of the public's attitude toward medicine of that period. The book is handsomely printed and well illustrated. It presents a selection from the vast amount of material now available of those facts and factors which should be of greatest interest to the physician of today and also provides the philosophical comments of the author, which are never without interest.

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