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August 4, 1962

A Directory of English Country Doctors—1603-1643

JAMA. 1962;181(5):455. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050310095027

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Social history is the most recent daughter of Historia. It is only within the past few decades that she has been received with approbation in historical circles. The reticence to cultivate this most recent daughter was due to the fact that most historians felt she smacked too much of antiquarianism and was without design, purpose, or techniques. The book, prepared by Dr. Raach and published by Dawsons of London who are particularly interested in publishing books on medical history, helps establish these 3 features for a segment of English life—the medical profession. It presents as complete a list of country physicians in early Stuart England as can be obtained 3 centuries later. The names of the physicians, their educational qualifications, the towns or villages where they practiced, and bibliographical notes are given in each instance. To assist those interested in early 17th century medicine, there is an excellent but short

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