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A PLEA FOR THE STUDY OF THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE AND NATURAL SCIENCES.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(1):45. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530010049005.
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An address with this title was read before the American Anthropological Association at its meeting on December 31, 1906, by Bernhard Laufer of New York.1 There are several points in this address that are of special interest to American physicians. In the first place, Laufer emphasizes the fact that at present, in practically all branches of sciences, there is a marked and newly-awakened interest in historical investigations. The nineteenth century is now thought by many students of sciences to have been disregardful of the links connecting science with the accomplishments of former ages, while at present there is an effort to restore the connections with earlier periods and thus to place scientific knowledge on a firmer and broader basis. As evidence of this modern interest in the historical development of medicine and other branches of science, Laufer cites the increased attention given to medicoscientific historical studies and the relatively

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