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December 9, 1950

Aetios of Amida: The Gynaecology and Obstetrics of the VIth Century, A. D

JAMA. 1950;144(15):1319-1320. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920150093040

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Dr. Ricci, in this scholarly translation of a sixth century encyclopedia of obstetrics and gynecology, has made available to his fellow practitioners a classic of great worth. In the accumulation of a knowledge which will qualify one today in the practice of medicine, too often the physician's gown hides abysmal ignorance of the roots of the healing art, and the centuries of groping which have culminated in the precision methods of 1950 could be no better emphasized than by perusing this small volume.

It must be reiterated that Aetios' work was encyclopedic; in the manner of a learned student, he condensed and edited the medical knowledge of the first five centuries of the Christian era. Dr. Ricci now places this at the reader's elbow for his moments of leisure. No one can fully appreciate the arduous task involved in this translation and the accompanying 96 pages of notes, definitions and

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