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Medical Travellers: Narratives from the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Centuries.

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By Spillane John D.. . 236 pages. Oxford University Press; , Oxford, New York, and Toronto: , 1984.. $45.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(1):147. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-102-1-147_1
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Ever since Gulliver in the 18th century, Marco Polo in the 13th, or Ibn Fadlan in the 10th, people have craved travel and adventure. And the old accounts continue to enthrall us. Fadlan's chronicle became the basis of one physician's recent novel (Crichton's Eaters of the Dead. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.; 1976), and the travel journals often physicians from the 17th to 19th centuries comprise this new anthology. Except for Tobias Smollett (1721-1771), Richard Bright (1789-1858), and Thomas Hodgkin (1798-1866), the physicians are obscure, so Spillane has done a service by summarizing their narratives and collecting them in


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