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Mind abhors ignorance and concepts flourish where useful facts are few. This was the eighteenth century world of medicine. As the nineteenth unrolled, useful fact grew and philosophic phantasms withered. Dr. King is concerned with the first half of the eighteenth century when the intellectual flowers of medicine that began a spurt of growth in the soil of the Renaissance came to full blossom. His analysis of "the theories that underlay the practice" will attract the reader who, already familiar with the descriptive history of the period, is looking for a conceptual panorama. This is a work for professional historians
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The Philosophy of Medicine. The Early Eighteenth Century.. Ann Intern Med. 1979;91:939. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-91-6-939_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1979;91(6):939.
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