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March 30, 1900

Introduction to the Study of Medicine.

JAMA. 1900;XXXVI(13):907. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02470130055029

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The object of this work, which is a reproduction of a course of lectures delivered in 1897-98 at the University of Paris, is to give to those proposing to study medicine a comprehensive general outlook over the subject as a preliminary to more detailed study. The plan adopted by the author is first to show what the object of medicine is and the method of study and, after having explained why and how persons become sick, he considers the causes which tend to modify healthy conditions with the lesions and reactions which these determine, whether appreciable during life or after death. In this way he introduces pathologic physiology, pathologic anatomy and semeiology to the student. Therapeutics is only lightly touched upon, as might naturally be expected. While some parts of the book would seem to be suitable to advanced students as well as to the beginner, it is safe to

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