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September 7, 1929

Medical and Allied Topics in Latin Poetry.

JAMA. 1929;93(10):794. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710100056046

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The Latin physicians were sometimes given to verse and the Latin poets were all given to medicine. Thus the author has a rich field from which to select the examples that form the basis of the various chapters of his exceedingly unusual volume. The English translations of the verse cited are taken in many instances from English masters of versification. Here, then, are collected poems concerning all the portions of the human body and all the diseases that afflict them. Here are poems about the mind and the soul and love and life and death. The book is a marvelous source book for the student and an extremely interesting volume for the physician who revels in the classics, both medical and lay.

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