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October 1959

A Short History of Anatomy and Physiology from the Greeks to Harvey.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;104(4):677. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270100163037

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In the field of publishing medical books, expense has always been a considerable and sometimes a sore impediment to the undergraduate student or the young man who wished to collect books. Until recently, no one has gotten out a series of well printed and designed paper-back editions. Now the Dover Publications, Inc., in New York, is reissuing a number of medical classics. They have brought out Charles Singer's volume, long out of print and a collectors' item. The beginnings of anatomy and physiology are traced from their very earliest stages, when medicine in so many ways was a crude hodgepodge of fear and mythology. Our fascination with the current fabulous advances in laboratory science makes us forget that the modern development of medicine depended first of all upon recognition of the human body, understanding of its anatomy, and willingness to confront biological reality in man. Though this seems a truism,

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