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March 14, 1914

An Introduction to the History of Medicine with Medical Chronology, Bibliographic Data and Test Questions.

JAMA. 1914;LXII(11):872. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560360052029

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This interesting and in many respects novel history of medicine begins with a discussion of the identity of all forms of ancient and primitive medicine, which are shown to differ only in unimportant details. Then come chapters on Egyptian, Sumerian and Oriental and Greek medicine; on the medicine of the Byzantine, Mohammedan and Jewish periods, the medieval period, the Renaissance and the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In addition to the usual data, which are presented in a most pleasing manner, special attention is given to the social and cultural aspects of medicine in the various periods. About half of the text is devoted to the modern period, that is, from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present time. At the end are appendixes covering medical chronology, bibliographic notes for collateral reading, and a list of test questions. The latter are certain to awaken interest, as an

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