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November 5, 1955

A Short History of Medicine

JAMA. 1955;159(10):1073. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960270093032

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The author of this book was prompted by what he believed was a need for a shorter history of medicine than was currently available. It takes the reader from paleolithic times through the first half of the 20th century. It is written in popular style for the interested layman or beginning student. The author provides a list of supplemental reading in the appendix. He has tried to strike balances between history proper and its social and cultural background, medical science and medical practice, and clinical and preventive medicine. There are a few illustrations. The appendix includes a list of the winners of the Nobel prize in medicine and physiology, some of whom are not mentioned in the text. The index consists mainly of names of persons.

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