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March 3, 1969

Herman Boerhaave: The Man and His Work

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American Medical Association Chicago

JAMA. 1969;207(9):1720. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03150220136036

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Herman Boerhaave (1668-1738) was "the teacher of all Europe" and the leading European physician in the first half of the 18th century. Yet with the passage of time his achievements were forgotten and his fame superseded. Fortunately, the renewed interest in medical history now pays merited attention to one of the great physicians of the past. In his new excellent biography, Lindeboom brings the great Dutch physician into sharp focus and recreates for us the environment and academic life of the times.

Lindeboom, who has devoted many years to the study of Boerhaave, has already made important contributions, particularly the detailed bibliography, and the collection and translation of letters, now indispensable for the study of 18thcentury medicine. For the present biography Lindeboom has thoroughly combed the primary source material, the letters, diaries, official documents and minutes, as well as the voluminous contemporary Latin writings; and in addition, he has covered