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Discovering the Human Body: How Pioneers of Medicine Solved the Mysteries of the Body's Structure and Function

Irwin M. Siegel, MD
JAMA. 1981;245(14):1476-1477. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310390074035.
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"Medical history," as the distinguished historian Henry Sigerist once wrote, "teaches us where we come from, where we stand in medicine at the present time, and in what direction we are marching." Many have documented this fascinating journey, usually in a biographical form, or by historical sequence or social context. Dr Knight approaches it as a sleuth, discovering "How pioneers of medicine solved the mysteries of the body's structure and function." His skills as a forensic pathologist and author (in addition to textbooks, he has published historical fiction and six detective novels) are well suited to the task. In less than 200 fluently written, lavishly illustrated, and amply indexed pages, he has given us a unique account of how the human body was "discovered."

The format is a system-oriented tour of medical history, showing how discoveries were made and after whom they were named. The histories of anatomy and physiology

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