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Medical Americana

Gertrude L. Annan
JAMA. 1965;192(2):131-136. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080150061015.
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Medical Americana encompasses thousands of volumes and pieces. All writings, in print or manuscript, emanating from the Americas and dealing with health or medical care, as well as writings of others from outside this hemisphere, commenting upon these topics, fall within this area. They might be written in Spanish, English, French, or German, or Latin. They might be printed in Columbus (Ind), or London or Paris, in Mexico, or Santo Domingo. They might include serious and outstanding scientific contributions to knowledge, as well as personal narratives, or naïve advice in medicine. The daily practice of physicians, the health standards of various times and places, hospital care, materia medica, certain techniques and instruments, legislation, education, even superstition, folklore, quackery, and advertisements, are reflected in many types of publications and manuscripts which furnish the background of American medicine.

"Many have written sundry bookes and discourses of the New World." So begins the


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