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February 26, 1982

Science at the Bedside: Clinical Research in American Medicine, 1905-1945

JAMA. 1982;247(8):1186. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320330082040

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The exponential growth in scientific knowledge and technology since the end of World War II has brought about enormous changes in the practice of medicine. These advances could have been made, however, only if a new philosophy of medicine that brought science to the bedside had been developed in the first half of the 20th century.

A. McGehee Harvey, one of the major contributors to the advances of 20th-century medicine, describes the trends, the institutions, and the people that laid the groundwork for advancing the United States into its leadership position in medical science in this unusual but rather disappointing book on the history of medicine in America between the turn of the century and the end of World War II. The book consists of four parts, four appendices, and an excellent collection of notes and references.

Part 1 deals with formative influences in the 19th century that were largely