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May 9, 1896

ANTHROPOLOGY AS A BRANCH OF MEDICAL EDUCATION.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(19):935-936. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430710037006

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Abstract

Anthropology, as comprehensively defined by Broca, is the science of man. Taken in its widest sense, it comprises not only anatomy, physiology, pathology, psychology, and the other studies usually included at the present day in the medical curriculum, but also archeology, ethnology, biology and allied subordinate sciences, that investigate man as an individual and in the aggregate, both specifically and in his relations to surrounding natural objects.

The study of man can not be separated from zoölogy, the science of all animal life, or of biology, which studies the functions of living beings, without giving rise to narrow, one-sided, and erroneous views. The study of the manifestations of intelligence in the lower animals, and the results attained by comparative anatomy and therapeutics, have thrown much light upon some of the most difficult problems in human pathology and clinical medicine. Pharmacology, indeed, may be said to lay its claims to recognition

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