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November 30, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(22):1849. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530220037007

Prof. Adolph Harnack, of the University of Berlin, who is known as one of the most distinguished of living critical historians of the period at the beginning of the modern era, has occupied himself not a little with various points of medical history. He is considered an authority on such matters of philology as throw light on the details of the history of Greek and Roman medicine. His historical writing has been taken up much more, however, with investigation of Christian origins than with medical matters. It happens, however, that his last book1 is one that unites both these subjects, and competent critics have declared it to be one of the most interesting contributions to history of recent times. While in recent years some doubt has been expressed as to the authorship of the writings formerly attributed to Luke, and even more doubt as to the tradition that their