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January 27, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(4):279-280. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510310041008

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Medical subjects on the stage was the theme of an inaugural thesis by J. Descoust of Paris. In commenting on it, the Semaine Médicale, December 6, quotes the long final summary entire and states that the stage offers a powerful means of producing a profound impression on the public. Rich and poor attend the theaters and absorb ideas there which would never reach them if presented in any other form. Physicians have tried to educate the public in certain medical matters by published articles, by lectures, etc., but books are expensive, and lectures reach but a limited audience. The masses are not reached, and the zeal and activity of the medical apostles are wasted in great measure. This is why the results obtained by dramatists who have taken up this new line of presenting medical subjects have been so striking.

Descoust reviews the various plays which have been staged in

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