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The title "annals" is appropriately selected for this book since it is essentially a compilation of material which might be assembled primarily from annual reports and university catalogues. The author frankly realizes that "the book would have very small appeal outside New Zealand." The University of Otago Medical School is named for the province in which it is located on South Island, one of the two major islands constituting New Zealand. There is a brief account of the country itself and of early medicine on the islands before the establishment of the school in 1875. Most of the book deals with the courageous struggle for faculty, funds and facilities which has characterized the final consummation of an acceptable program of medical education of many medical schools. This task was doubly difficult at Otago, where "it must have been quite exceptional half a century ago for an embryo school, ten thousand
Annals of the University of Otago Medical School 1875-1939. JAMA. 1945;129(11):775. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860450061026
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