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A decade ago the distinguished historian Edward Hallett Carr, in What is History?, observed that "the more sociological history becomes, and the more historical sociology becomes, the better for both." Since then leading medical historians, notably George Rosen and Erwin H. Ackerknecht, have repeated their earlier calls for new and fresh investigations into the relatively unexplored social dynamics of the history of medicine. Iatrocentric medical history, as Rosen terms it, has been and is written primarily by physicians whose views were and are determined in large measure by their professional frame of reference. Assuming an insular and unwarranted cultural autonomy,
American Physicians in the Nineteenth Century: From Sects to Science.. Ann Intern Med. ;78:159–160. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-1-159
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(1):159-160.
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