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May 12, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(19):1445-1446. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510460039007

It is so generally the custom to consider that medicine, as we know it at the present time, is entirely the result of nineteenth century investigation, that it is often forgotten that for many centuries intellectual men were at work in the European medical schools investigating and teaching truths in medicine and surgery. How many of our modern discoveries are really the refinding of forgotten truths may perhaps be most easily realized from a reading of Professor Allbutt's2 address on the "Relations of Medicine and Surgery to the End of the Sixteenth Century," which was delivered at the St. Louis Congress of Arts and Science, in 1904, and which has recently been published. This book is a treasure house of the wonders of old-time medicine with definite reference to the works in which further details of information may be obtained.

It is not a little surprising for the modern,