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November 12, 1949

Medicine Throughout Antiquity

JAMA. 1949;141(11):807. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910110059028

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Good medical histories are few and good medical histories that deal with ancient medicine are rare indeed. Dr. Gordon's book should therefore be a welcome addition to the slender field. A volume of over 800 pages, well illustrated and well printed on good stock, it should find wide acceptance not only in the limited circle of the profession that is historically minded but in a much wider group that will appreciate the opportunity of obtaining greater familiarity in a cultural field that is commonly neglected in the early years of professional activity.

Dr. Gordon writes well and covers a wide territory without for a moment being superficial; he does not entangle the reader in pedantic detail. The purpose of the book, as the author states, "is to present an historical résumé of medicine as it was conceived, developed and practiced by the various peoples of antiquity. A determined effort has

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