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In its final decades the twentieth century is just beginning to find its own medical historians. This unpretentious but scholarly and balanced book is a compelling addition to that small but growing literature. Harry Dowling deftly evades the trap into which many an historian falls when dealing with the confrontation between man and his infectious maladies: the trap of hero-worship. His is not a parade of heroic victories and heartbreaking defeats, but rather a tapestry of ordinary men, famous and not so famous, interacting with ideas, institutions, and national politics.
The book benefits from features of the author's perspective: Temporally,
Fighting Infection.. Ann Intern Med. 1978;89:433–434. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-89-3-433_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(3):433-434.
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