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August 4, 1956

A Pictorial History of Medicine

JAMA. 1956;161(14):1429. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970140085030

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This history of medicine relies heavily on pictures to tell its story—in fact, no page is without at least one illustration and most pages have several. The author has also supplied an unobtrusive text. Beginning with practices common in ancient Egypt, the author proceeds through those of the ancient Greeks and Romans and those of medieval Europe to those of modern times. Ancient quackeries are depicted as well as practices that have contributed to modern medical science. In the excellent foreword, Dr. Philip Hench emphasizes the priceless heritage of which the modern physician may avail himself at a cost of only the time necessary to study the works of the old masters. The illustrations are well chosen. Most of the old favorites and many not so well known are here. The book should appeal to the medical man and to that portion of the general public that is interested in

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