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Despite its title, which suggests perhaps a discussion of the intellectual development and social impact of public health, this book is something more widely useful: a survey history of medicine from the earliest times, centered thematically on how changing concepts of disease have affected its management.
After an initial chapter on how disease itself can change, Hudson provides an outline history of medical thinking with chapters organized around such key subthemes as anatomical localization, specific causation, and disease as supernatural. Although he attempts no major reinterpretations, the author gives us a solid account of the medical history mainstream, liberally invested
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Disease and Its Control: The Shaping of Modern Thought.. Ann Intern Med. 1984;100:931. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-100-6-931_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;100(6):931.
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