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February 4, 1939

Kurzes Wörterbuch zur Geschichte der Medizin

JAMA. 1939;112(5):468. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800050082038

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This is a history of medicine in which subjects, personalities and other material are listed in alphabetical order with from one to fifteen lines on each subject. The American reader wlil find the book difficult to use intelligently because, for example, the first published medical work is listed alphabetically under the words "Erste medizinische Drucke." Naturally many a great American investigator and contributor to medical science is omitted entirely. There is no mention of Benjamin Rush or of Walter Reed, and three lines are given to Banting. Oliver Wendell Holmes is omitted and fifteen lines are given to Semmelweis. Crawford Long is omitted and William Thomas Green Morton is listed as Wilhelm Morton.

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