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August 11, 1951

A Medical History of Persia and the Eastern Caliphate from the Earliest Times Until the Year A. D. 1932

JAMA. 1951;146(15):1454. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670150088030

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The author has been a student of Persian medicine for many years, his volume of the Clio Medica series on this subject having been published in 1934. Also for several years, he had the advantage of serving as physician to the British legation at Teheran. He appears to have become so steeped in his subject that he did not sufficiently appreciate the need for making clear to his readers just what a Persian was—an even more complex product than Defoe's true-born Englishman. Politically, Persia has varied through some 40 centuries from a small emergent state to a huge empire embracing most of Asia, as it was then known, and back with many pulsations in size to its present confines. Linguistically, the original sources of its history have been recorded in many languages. Some, such as Zend and Pahlavi, are known to but few scholars—not including the author—and practically all of

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