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June 1962

Science and Medieval Thought

Arch Intern Med. 1962;109(6):770-771. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620180132022

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For a long time I have looked for a copy of Science and Medieval Thought. More than once I ordered it from book catalogues only to find that I had been anticipated. Now I have gotten a copy of this slim little volume to add to Allbutt's classics—The Historical Relations of Medicine and Surgery, On Professional Education, his two-volume survey of Diseases of the Arteries Including Angina Pectoris, and a well-worn copy of Notes on the Composition of Scientific Papers. I do not know what kind of a doctor Allbutt was. He had the reputation of having been a fine one and is said to have supplied George Eliot with a model for the physician of Middlemarch. That Allbutt was a distinguished writer and classical scholar stands forth clearly in his main published works.

Allbutt was much distressed that the somewhat artificial and circumstantial separation of physicians and

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