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April 11, 1925

Medicine: An Historical Outline.

JAMA. 1925;84(15):1143. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660410051033

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In a foreword to this series of lectures on the history of medicine, Dr. Fielding H. Garrison notes particularly their unusual character, due to the freshness of the point of view of the author. The eight lectures given by Dr. Seelig at the Washington University School of Medicine were planned for senior students, primarily with the hope that they would constitute an invitation to further study. They are a rational outline of medical progress, and if they fail at all in their purpose it is because the necessity for brevity has prevented the inclusion of much anecdote and literary allusion that might have been provided in a more extensive work. The language is, as Dr. Garrison has pointed out, direct and, therefore, such as is likely to appeal to the medical student. We are told, for instance, that Paracelsus developed "a marked taste for what we should, today, call lowbrow

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