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In his foreword, here reproduced from the first edition, the author declares his intention to "avoid in this essay a dry 'calendar-like' exposition of scientific facts." His success has not been notable, perhaps because in a rather small book covering a span of 3,500 years it is not possible to do very much more than to list, with brief comment, the most important names, dates, beliefs and discoveries of various periods. There seems to have been space, however, for the insertion here and there of philosophical digressions, usually of an obvious nature and sometimes of doubtful relevancy. Major events, including
The History of Diabetes Mellitus.. Ann Intern Med. ;61:378–379. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-61-2-378_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;61(2):378-379.
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