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June 12, 1948

A History of Medicine

JAMA. 1948;137(7):665. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890410087022

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The second edition of this important philosophic consideration of the history of medicine is much enlarged over the previous edition. Its approach to the problems of medicine is quite different from Garrison's book. Professor Castiglioni views medicine with a broad outlook in relationship to its position in society. He considers trends and the reasons for their development. In this history various discoveries are considered in proportion to the whole field of medicine and civilization. The history by Castiglioni can be read and is far more than a reference work. It deserves a place in the library of every physician interested in the cultural aspects of medicine.

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