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Medicine
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SECTION II: HISTORY OF MEDICINE

The history of medicine falls naturally under two heads, or might be conceivable written form two different points of view. It might be a history of the medical profession or a history of medical doctrine, -- in other words, the history of medicine in its relation to society or in its relation to science. We shall here deal chiefly with the history of medical knowledge, remembering also that the histories of anatomy, of physiology, and of surgery are dealt with in the articles referring to those subjects. But a still more trenchant limitation is necessary to preserve the unity of the history as is directly antecedent to an leads up to the medical science of modern Europe. For this purpose, the history of medicine must start with the earlier period of Greek civilization.






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