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May 1955

Fifty Years of Medicine.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1955;95(5):764-765. doi:10.1001/archinte.1955.00250110134028

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This book is composed of three semiautobiographical lectures delivered by the grand old man of British medicine at the Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene in Harben, December, 1952. Either physician or layman will find the hour or so required to read this small volume an informative and inspiring experience.

As he unfolds in broad, rapid strokes the panorama of medical progress of the past fifty years, with only incidental references to his own activities, one is impressed by the immense and varied contributions made by this medical giant to both the scientific and the humanitarian developments of his profession.

Starting at the turn of the century, when the discoveries of Pasteur, Koch, von Behring, and other microbiologists had brought a new interest in exact laboratory methods to the practice of medicine, Lord Horder began his career as a young consultant who "took the bench to the bedside." He

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