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Up to and through the first decades of this century, the academic discipline, medical history, was largely an enterprise of amateurs, in this country and in Great Britain. Some of these amateurs were gifted men who made valuable contributions to the field, but even their interests were often confined to biography and bibliophilia. In recent years the discipline has engaged more men who have made it their profession, and its boundaries have been expanded by the example of sociological history and the pressures applied to colleagues by far-visioned men like Henry Sigerist.
To the extent that an intellectual discipline has
Modern Methods in the History of Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. 1972;76:148. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-1-148_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(1):148.
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