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August 17, 1929

Qu'est-ce que la médecine? Suivi de six autres essais.

JAMA. 1929;93(7):568. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710070066035

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This is an interesting collection of essays on quasimedical subjects adapted to the lay as well as the medical reader. The first, "What is Medicine?" shows medicine to be more than the art of healing human ills. The author considers it much as it has come to be understood in America, an art—science—whose function is to prevent disease in the mass. The second essay, the "Diagnosis of Thoracic Diseases before the Invention of Percussion and Auscultation," is a discourse on the difficulties which beset the physician prior to the advent of the accurate means of diagnosis mentioned in the title. "The Progress of Medicine," "Science and Art in Medicine," and the "Hippocratic Oath" are others of the essays. They present nothing that is new to the student of the history of medicine but are nevertheless worthy of a perusal by him, by reason both of the scholarly presentation and of

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