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JAMA 100 Years Ago
March 28, 2001


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JenniferReiling, Assistant Editor

JAMA. 2001;285(12):1552. doi:10.1001/jama.285.12.1552

A Collection of Facts and Documents Relating to the History of Medical Science in This Country, from the Earliest English Colonization to the year 1800. With a Supplemental Chapter on the Discovery of Anesthesia. By Francis Randolph Packard, M.D. Illustrated. Cloth. Pp 542. Price, $4.00 net. Philadelphia and London: J. B. Lippincott Company. 1901.

While there have been many "bits" of medical history published heretofore, some complete as they affected one colony, or one phase, this we believe is the first to appear thoroughly covering all the colonies and all that relates to the subject. The first chapter is general in its character, giving an insight into the conditions existing in the early days when the physician was a combination of preacher and doctor, if not a combination of half a dozen callings. This is the most interesting part of the book, at least to those who love the curious. The author has evidently ransacked every library and searched every book that could possibly throw light on those who founded the profession of medicine in the United States.

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