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March 5, 1938

The American Medical Profession 1783 to 1850

JAMA. 1938;110(10):764. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790100062038

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Here a competent medical historian surveys a period in the history of American medicine not adequately surveyed previously. The period concerned comprises that in which the American Medical Association was founded; the author's account of that event is most interesting. The concluding chapter deals with the developments in scientific medicine in the period concerned. In 1850 there were twenty-four medical journals in the United States, and just a few textbooks were being printed in this country. The volume concludes with the prediction of Samuel Gross, made in 1861, that a great new era was about to commence.

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