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Local medical history is of two kinds. Most commonly, it is full of local color, shallow, and, appropriately, of limited interest only. Rarely, an author rises above his material to incorporate it into the fabric of historical thought, providing a synthesis that has general and even universal appeal. Unfortunately, Rose's book falls in the first and larger company.
Of its genre, From Shaman to Modern Medicine is above average. The style is crisp and readable, and the sprinklings of the author's acerbic opinions, although not necessarily relevant to his narrative, are entertaining.
Nevertheless, the work is light, anecdotal, disorganized, and
From Shaman to Modern Medicine. A Century of the Healing Arts in British Columbia.. Ann Intern Med. ;78:160. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-1-160_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(1):160.
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