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March 10, 1923

Greek Biology and Medicine.

JAMA. 1923;80(10):719. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640370055033

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Dr. Taylor's volume is part of a series on "Our Debt to Greece and Rome." It comes at a time when it must be inevitably compared with a similar recently published book by Charles Singer of England. The book by Taylor is divided into sections on early biology, the hippocratic writings, Aristotle's biology, progress in anatomy, the system of Galen, and linkage with our modern times. It is thus a series of orderly essays progressing according to a definite scheme, and thereby excellent teaching material. On the other hand, the book by Singer is a delightfully written essay, easily readable, wandering almost nonchalantly among the achievements of the ancient Greeks, picking up a thought or an example here and there, and, on the whole, presenting an excellent picture of the medicine of the classic Greek school. In both books one is confronted by the fact that modern authors incline to

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