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January 24, 1925

Das Wesen der Heilkunde.

JAMA. 1925;84(4):309. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660300067041

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A volume of great interest to the physician who cares for the cultural aspects of medicine is this contribution on the history and philosophy of medicine. The author considers the development of the science from Greek medicine through the period of speculation and philosophy to the time of Virchow's cellular pathology and the clinical study of disease. He then considers the development separately of theories of knowledge, anatomy and physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapy. He traces the growth of medical treatment from mysticism and magnetism through empiricism to modern experimental pharmacology. The final section deals with the work of the physician as an art and with the relation of the physician to the community.

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