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Medical Thinking, A Historical Preface.

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By King Lester S.. . 336 pages. Princeton University Press; , Princeton, New Jersey: , 1982.. $19.50.

Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(3):467-468. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-97-3-97-3-467_2
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We are living in a new era of medical science. It is an era decorated with the fabric of a fabulous technology that looms over earlier periods, an age apart, cut off from our predecessors by the spector of our accomplishments. Why should we seek those men who held title before us, except to chuckle at their theories and wag our heads at their unfortunate therapies?

Lester King attempts to answer this question. He suggests that, in discovering those who came before us, we will find not distant and inferior predecessors of the new physician, but men and women like


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