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February 9, 1970

Doctors on Horseback: Pioneers of American Medicine

Author Affiliations

Johns Hopkins University Baltimore

JAMA. 1970;211(6):1016. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170060080028

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Dover Books is to be congratulated. This publisher has consistently brought beautifully produced, high-quality books within the range of many readers. The author's pride in this, his first book, originally published 32 years ago, is readily understandable. It is an enthralling and impressive work and still deserves to be widely read.

All who are interested in the development of medicine in America before the Civil War will enjoy the rich sketches of the life and deeds of Mr. Flexner's heroes: John Morgan and the beginnings of medical education in Philadelphia; Benjamin Rush and the practice of medicine around 1800; Ephraim McDowell and frontier surgery; Daniel Drake and the life and times along the Ohio River; William Beaumont and physiological experimentation; and Crawford Long and William Morton in the discovery of anesthesia.

The format of this reprint is much superior to its paperback predecessor. The book should make many new friends