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The notes included in this volume have been used by the author in conducting seminars in medical history in Columbia University. The classes consisted of from ten to fifteen fourth year medical students. In these seminars the associated material used is spread on a large table; the students examine the exhibits and confer concerning them. Thus medical history is made living and attractive. The book serves, therefore, as an outline of medical history from the earliest times to the end of the seventeenth century. It also provides a discussion of various schools of thought. There is an essay on the meaning of the emblem of medicine and the book includes some reprints of important historical documents of great scientific interest. Special appendixes provide chronological tables and a good bibliography. The book is handsomely printed, as are all the medical contributions which come from Mr. Hoeber's press.
Imhotep to Harvey: Backgrounds of Medical History. JAMA. 1932;98(12):1024. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730380092046
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