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Sidelights on the History of Medicine.

William B. Bean, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(1):157-158. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870010159032.
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Sir Zachary Cope has put us in his debt by selecting, for the occasion of the Jubilee of the Royal Society of Medicine, papers chosen from those published over the past 40 years in the History of Medicine section of the society's journal. The 23 essays range far and wide over the field of the history of medicine and of science. They vary in excellence but all are good. The book begins with Sir St. Clair Thomson's essay entitled, "The Present Need for the Study of the History of Medicine," which was delivered in 1933. It winds up with Underwood's thoughtful study of Wilham Conrad Rontgen.

The history of medicine, generally in a chronological sequence, is illustrated by papers about ancient Egypt, Greek medical wisdom, medicine in medieval monasteries in England, and medical "science" in the Dark Ages. There are special essays dealing with obstetrics, with the Royal College of


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