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July 18, 1977

Essays on the History of Medicine: Selected From the Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago

JAMA. 1977;238(3):257. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280030063031

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Under the editorship of Dr Saul Jarcho, the Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine has established itself as an important medium for the publication of medicohistorical studies. Now, Dr Jarcho has collected 34 essays, published in the last ten years, on a variety of topics. The range is vast, from "The Structure of Galen's Scientific Reasoning," through "Medieval Medical Malpractice," to "The Development of Psychiatry in New York City." We find essays on aspects of Cicero, Copernicus, Paré, and Crawford Long. Literature sociology, politics, law, and numismatics are represented in their relationship to medicine, while more technical aspects of medicine are abundantly described in historical perspective on one or another topic, such as paleopathology, epidemics, fecundity, serologic research.

The whole table of contents reminds us how rich is medical history and how it interdigitates with virtually all other fields of knowledge. The list of contributors includes outstanding leaders