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BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 16 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:684
  1. Trevor Jackson (
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    Roy Porter, the greatest medical historian of his generation, whose obituary appears in this week's BMJ(p 680), reminded “the medical profession of the richness and relevance of its history.” But where would you start if you wanted to find out about some aspect of the medical past? The concept of historical research is redolent of musty books and dusty archives, collections of curios and card …

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