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August 13, 1932

The History of Paediatrics: The Progress of the Study of Diseases of Children up to the End of the XVIIIth Century.

JAMA. 1932;99(7):587. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740590067043

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Those who are interested in pediatrics or the history of the development of this specialty will find in this volume delightful and instructive reading. It is the first work of its kind by an Englishman, and much of it is particularly devoted to the development of pediatrics in England. The material presented consists largely of thumbnail biographic sketches set forth in the author's usual delightful style. A scientific accuracy and terseness permeates the book. The subject matter is chronologically organized and spans the period from Hippocrates through the eighteenth century. A great deal of original research work has been done in collecting and assembling known and heretofore unknown data. As source material the author has liberally drawn from early inaugural dissertations. A bibliography of these in the appendix lends additional value to the book. The text is richly illustrated by well chosen reproductions of early medical editions dealing with the

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