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December 1961

A History of Science: Hellenistic Science and Culture in the Last Three Centuries B.C

Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(6):963-964. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620120147027

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The late George Sarton, who with Singer and Sigerist was a giant in the recent period of scientific and medical history, wound up an illustrious career which ended not long ago, with this history of ancient science through the golden age of Greece. My one contact with Sarton in his later years had given me a rather unfavorable impression of him. Age and fatigue had much to do with it. He gave a lecture on Leonardo da Vinci in which he did not do himself justice, talking down to an audience, many of whom certainly knew a good deal more about Leonardo than Sarton told in his talk. Later in discussion he was charming and delightful, and his true nature was evident. This meeting had led me to read some of Sarton's more general works. I had been reading Isis for a good many years and was well aware that

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