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July 14, 1923

BELGIUM

JAMA. 1923;81(2):149-150. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650020067020

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Abstract

History of Medicine  On the occasion of the Fifth International Congress of Historical Sciences, which met at Brussels during the month of April, under the presidency of Professor Pirenne, a section of history of medicine was established. All branches of the history of medicine (pathology, schools, therapeutics, veterinary medicine, etc.) were taken up by various speakers. As deserving of particular mention, I would cite the communications of Jeanselme and C. G. Custom and the research of Dr. and Mrs. Singer of London, who traced the history of the oath of Hippocrates. Galen, Celsus and Aretaeus are silent on this subject, but Scribonus, Anenzoar and physicians of the Arabic school, who were influenced by the Syrians, mention it in a form in which it was molded with the evolution of civilization. The history was then followed to the time when the Fathers of the church—for example, Gregory of Nazianzen and St.

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