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April 2, 1938

La vie médicale aux XVIe, XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles

JAMA. 1938;110(14):1135-1136. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790140067028

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Professor Delaunay's Vie médicale is a splendid addition to this series in the historical field. It is limited in its scope to French medicine and excludes surgery because of the medieval schism between medicine and surgery, which continued in France, though not in Italy, when the physicus became a medicus. The work treats of the life of the medical student and of the private, professional, corporative, religious, political, social, intellectual and doctrinal life of the full fledged and active médecin. The text is amply documented with citations of authorities and finely illustrated with well selected reproductions from contemporary prints, portraits, engravings and paintings. It thus affords a detailed and accurate picture of the preparation and professional activities of the physician in France and his wide cultural relations from the opening of the sixteenth century up to the close of the eighteenth. The Faculty of Medicine was established at Montpelier in

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