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This would be a delightful present for one of those many laymen who are interested in medicine or for a young man on the threshold of his premedical course or, for that matter, for a well read practitioner of medicine. Each would find in the volume many interesting new facts.
There are curious facts about the beginnings of psychiatry in Greece in ancient times and even more curious facts about the genes and the ways in which they are now being studied and located in giant chromosomes. Vogel's chapter describing the awful dietary, medical and hygienic conditions which existed on ships in olden times is one of the most interesting in the book. When it is learned how the sailors had to live on stinking water, rotten salt pork and moldy hardtack, it can readily be seen why sometimes half the sailors on a man-of-war died of diarrhea and scurvy.
Milestones in Medicine. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1939;63(2):431. doi:10.1001/archinte.1939.00180190233016
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