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May 30, 1977

The Early Years of the Edinburgh Medical School

JAMA. 1977;237(22):2425. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270490065038

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Anyone having the slightest familiarity with the history of medicine knows of Edinburgh's eminence during the 18th century, and it is thus hardly surprising that the 250th anniversary of the founding of the University of Edinburgh Medical School was celebrated with considerable pomp and display in 1976. The papers read at the symposium organized by the Royal Scottish Museum and the Scottish Society of the History of Medicine and published in the book under review are carefully researched and historically illuminating. Those interested in the details of the founding of the medical school, the activities of Sir Robert Sibbald, the Edinburgh Pharmacopoeia, the early years of the Edinburgh Infirmary, the relation between medical theory and medical practice in Edinburgh or the influence of the Edinburgh Medical School in America will want to consult the essays on these topics. This book demonstrates that an essentially ceremonial occasion can give birth to