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November 1932

Man and Medicine: An Introduction to Medical Knowledge.

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By Dr. Henry E. Segerist, Professor at the University of Leipzig. With an Introduction by Dr. William H. Welch, Professor of the History of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University. Translated by Margaret Galt Boise. Cloth. Price, $4. Pp. 340. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1932.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1932;50(5):800. doi:10.1001/archinte.1932.00150180153015

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This book is an outline of the history and the development of medicine. When the medical reader turns the final page, he cannot be sure whether the author has been binding laurel to the plow or gilding the lily.

Beginning with Vesalius, the development of medicine is traced faithfully to its present state of advancement. The book is beautifully written, the literary style is excellent, and the scientific accuracy of detail bears witness to the author's knowledge of the subject, and perhaps gives a clue to his Teutonic antecedents. But there is a certain lack of imagination, a lack of inspirational or emotional push that one expects to find in works of this sort. This is doubtless due to the author's insistence on accuracy. Scientific accuracy and inspirational appeal are often incompatible. A recitation of more or less well known facts, even when expressed in such excellent style, is likely

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