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July 1966

Illustrierte Geschichte der Medizin ed 5.

Arch Neurol. 1966;15(1):110. doi:10.1001/archneur.1966.00470130114015

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The first printing of this book appeared in 1920. A fifth edition seems to attest to the popularity of this illustrated history of medicine. There are 227 fine illustrations, many of them unfamiliar, adding to the interest of the book.

In the opening section an excellent account is given of the history of primitive medicine. It is followed by an outline of the period from the death of Galen to the second half of the 16th century. The third section of the book begins with Harvey and concludes at the end of the 19th century. The beginning of the scientific era is hardly mentioned; the book does not discuss the more recent contributions made by the basic sciences to medicine.

The main emphasis is on continental schools, neglecting somewhat the contributions of other physicians to the advancement of the art of medicine. There are some serious omissions; for example, ancient

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