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A History of Scottish Medicine

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:401
  1. Lawrence Weaver, professor of child health, and Wellcome fellow
  1. History of Medicine Unit, University of Glasgow

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    Helen M Dingwall

    Edinburgh University Press, £16.99, pp 282

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    ISBN 0 7486 0865 6

    There are good reasons why Scottish medicine deserves a history. Scots physicians and surgeons feature prominently in the history of European medicine, and they and the medical schools and colleges that flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries were influential in shaping the modern medical profession. Our knowledge of medical history is largely of “great men” responsible for significant advances and discoveries. We are relatively ignorant of the social, political, and scientific context in which they lived and worked. This book aims “to account for the progress of Scottish medicine in the context of the evolution and …

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