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June 21, 1941

A History of Medicine

JAMA. 1941;116(25):2823. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820250089027

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This book is the first American edition of the author's volume in Italian, which was published in Milan in 1936. The translator, Dr. E. B. Krumbhaar, has added a new bibliography, many references and much modern information. The volume has made for itself a leading place in the literature of the history of medicine, having passed through three editions in Italian and having been translated previously into French, German and Spanish. This is much more than a textbook. Whereas many another history of medicine is simply a record of dates and events, this book is enhanced by interpretation and philosophical analysis of the trends in various periods. The illustrations constitute one of the most valuable contributions in the book. In the section on modern medicine the author has carefully analyzed progress in each of many fields and rightly mourns the degradation of scientific medicine in Germany. Professor Castiglioni recognizes the

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