Views & Reviews Medical Classics


BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 23 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a922
  1. Sanjay Pai, consultant pathologist, Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Bangalore, India
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    In Doctors Sherwin Nuland, a surgeon and medical historian, explores the lives, thoughts, and the making of those physicians who he thinks have contributed most to the state of medicine today. These doctors are generally associated with the greatest conceptual advances in their respective fields. They include Hippocrates, Galen, and Vesalius; Ambroise Pare, for making surgery humane; William Harvey, for his use of the experimental method in medical research; Giovanni Morgagni, for showing the relation between clinical symptoms and the pathology of organs; John Hunter, who made surgery …

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