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November 1956

Meditations on Medicine and Medical Education: Past and Present.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;98(5):675. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250290135020

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This small book of essays on medical history and medical education contains much food for thought. It is written from a background of culture and medical education both wide and deep. Dr. Snapper's medical peregrinations put him in the rank of the peripatetic teachers so renowned in this country 100 years ago—Drake, Gross, Flint, Sims, and others. Snapper's continental training, his Dutch background, and his assimilation of the tradition of Boerhaave provide a background against which modern medicine, Oriental as well as Occidental, are seen in contrast.

There is a fascinating chapter about Dutch medical influences in New York, which was the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam during the early days of the 17th century. The remainder of the book is a sympathetic consideration of Boerhaave, his medical heritage, and his medical progeny as exemplars of bedside teaching. Snapper makes a very sound plea for teachers in medicine in the

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