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August 13, 1938

Milestones in Medicine: Laity Lectures of the New York Academy of Medicine

JAMA. 1938;111(7):649. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790330069026

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This is the second volume of lectures delivered at the New York Academy of Medicine intended to give the layman some idea of background of medicine. As in all symposiums, the various lectures are unequal in their ability to hold the reader's interest. The arrangement of the volume is not such that the average reader would be immediately attracted to its contents. The essays devoted to the history of leprosy, by Newton E. Wayson, and the glands of internal secretion, by Walter Timme, should be, to the nonmedical reader, the most interesting in the volume. One cannot neglect, however, the essays on medicine at sea in the days of sail, by Karl Vogel, and the evolution of the human brain, by Frederick Tilney, which are excellent reading and demonstrate a historical perspective. The chapters on leprosy and medicine at sea are distinctly historical. They deal more with the beginnings of

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