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April 1924


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By Knud Faber, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Copenhagen; with an Introductory note by Rufus Cole, M. D., Director of Hospital, Rockefeller Institute. Twenty-one full page portraits. Price, $3.75. New York: Paul B. Hoeber, 1923.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1924;33(4):533-534. doi:10.1001/archinte.1924.00110280131015

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Under an unfamiliar name, we have here a valuable contribution to medical history. Too often writers on medical history have felt it necessary to cover the whole subject from the beginning of the world, with endless notes and innumerable biographies. This tendency probably has had much to do with the neglect of the study of medical history. Knud Faber has traced the growth of nosography, that is the description of disease, in a masterly and attractive manner. As he correctly says, the importance of the nosographic method in investigation has been, and still is, very differently rated by different authorities. For this reason, he has made a study, the salient points of which follow.

On page 5, he takes up the work of the man "who first consciously and clearly gave clinical observation its place of honor as a scientific method"— Thomas Syndenham; and, in the following twelve pages, he

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