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May 5, 1962

A Bibliography of Internal Medicine: Selected Diseases

JAMA. 1962;180(5):432. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050180078033

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Dr. Bloomfield's retirement has enabled him to come into full flower as a medical bibliographer of rare skill and great distinction. The biblography and the miscellany of excerpts included in this book resemble that which is seen in the historical section of first-rate monographs dealing with various topics. It is as though Dr. Bloomfield has played the literary Jack Horner and removed many choice plums from the several historic sections for inclusion in this particular volume. I shall have to say for him what a great boy he is.

In the majority of examples included in this volume, no effort has been made to go back into the great antiquity of medicine as it frays out in astrology, alchemy, mysticism, and magic. Rather it begins in a general way about 150 years ago when the new spirit of inquiry so well seeded in the Renaissance was bearing fruit in a