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April 7, 1951

A History of Medicine. Volume I: Primitive and Archaic Medicine

JAMA. 1951;145(14):1107. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920320081040

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This absorbing book is the first of a projected eight volume history of medicine designed for both the layman and the medical profession. This comprehensive work has been undertaken by Dr. Sigerist, who recently resigned his position as Director of the Institute of History of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University to devote his time exclusively to writing. Dr. Sigerist's intent is that this history, global in scope, will place medicine in the broad setting of general history and will indicate the role of medical sciences in determining the progress of mankind. This first volume serves as an introduction, the first portion being devoted to a discussion of the problems and methods of the historical approach to medicine. The remainder of the book deals with primitive medicine and the medicine of the great civilizations of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. The text is richly documented and contains bibliographic appendixes and an

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