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September 13, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(11):635. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480370043007

Though it seems difficult in the light of the development of medicine as an experimental science to point out any definite practical value derived from the study of the history of medicine, still there is something more to it than the promotion of a mere leisurely culture. Osler, who is somewhat of an enthusiast on the subject, although he does not believe in adding any course on medical history to our present overcrowded curricula, finds it practicable to constantly introduce the historic standpoint in classroom and clinic.1 A plea for such study is made by a contemporary2 on the ground that a very desirable national stimulus is aroused by recounting national achievements. The many excellent papers emanating from the Johns Hopkins Historical Club have been well calculated to do just this for American readers. One finds his patriotism considerably stirred, for instance, by Tinker's paper3 on American