A. B. Emmons
1914 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
A small hill town in New Hampshire needs a doctor. A considerable surrounding country district is also in need of good medical service. There is a hospital in a larger town a few miles away. A considerable summer colony would welcome him. If he collected .$2500 he would do well and might run the danger of being considered a "rich man." Living should be inexpensive. College Physician Wanted. of Avicenna held its own until the seventeenth century. The Arabs contributed nothing to medicine or
more » ... my, but their heavy hand is still seen in the British, Pharmacopoeia. "The first printed book on surgery belonged to the period of the Salcrnitian School, and it anel one other were the only surgical books in the collection. There were the works, too, of the commentators, conciliators, and aggregators. One of the aggregators' compilations was the original and the best of all those dictionaries of treatment callee! for by dictors who liked to work on penny-in-the-slot lines. There was a larger number of remedies for every symptom in it than in any other book of the sort, and its author was one of the best clock-makers of the elay. For some diseases there were five printed columns of the names of medicines. There was the book of Albertus Magnus, whose long life was a triumph of accomplishment. Except for Dioscorides, he was the one great botanist after Theopbrastns down to modern times. Michale Scot was another of the mediaeval authors represented, anel in the section of his book referring to generation he hael many outspoken words as to the choice of a wife. With his views on dreams and their interpretations based on a consideration of the dreamers' complexions, the school of Freuel would probably be in sympathy. It was the practice of the time for patients to write out their symptoms and for the professors to write consultations on them which were really essays, and this custom was long kept up by the Italian professors. In the great Lancisi library in Rome there was a long shelf entirely filled with a collection of the 'consul tations' of the famous anatomist Malpighi, anel the library possessed almost as many examples of Lancisi. "Anatomy was not taught and, indeed, hael not been taught by the Greeks other than those of tho Alexandrian school, and Aristotle anel Hippocrates had never seen the human heart, though the former was a good comparative anatomist. The first anatomical treatise was printed in 1478; it had been written in 1326. It was dominated by Arabic influence and inexact, differing strikingly from the descriptions of Galen, which could be used today, with few alterations, in a high school.
doi:10.1056/nejm191409241711312 fatcat:46mctlongjc2jewxov5ir4upxi