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Henry E. Sigerist

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This volume is based upon the sixteenth series of lectures delivered at Yale University on the Foundation established by the late Dwight H. Terry of Plymouth, Connecticut, through his gift of an endowment fund for the delivery and subsequent publication of “Lectures on Religion in the Light of Science and Philosophy.” 


The deed of gift declares that “the object of this Foundation is not the promotion of scientific investigation and discovery, but rather the assimilation and interpretation of that which has been or shall be hereafter discovered, and its application to human welfare, especially by the building of the truths of science and philosophy into the structure of a broadened and purified religion. 


Henry E. Sigerist is Professor of the History of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University.

“In their judicious selection from a great wealth of material, and their dignified, entertaining style, these lectures present in attractive form and aspect of modern medicine that is of the highest importance for all physicians to comprehend and consider, even if they may not agree with the conclusions drawn and inferred.”  American Journal of Medical Studies


“Whether or not one can find himself in complete accord with his views, Dr. Sigerist presents them in a logical and honest way which disarms criticism.  These lectures are not only delightful reading, but provide much food for thought and reflection.”  Annals of Medical History

“Dr. Sigerist traces with admirable illustration the development of ideas regarding disease, particularly with reference to cause, which determines type of management.  He then contrasts this skillfully with the growth of our ideal of health.”  --Chauncey D. Leake in Science

“Gives us a delightful picture of the backgrounds of modern medicine…. Dr. Sigerist presents the evidence fairly and—for a small volume—fully.  He gives us the factual data and the intellectural criteria for an intelligent approach to their solution.”  -E.A. Winslow in the Survey Graphic

“Dr. Sigerist has summarized the complex relationships of the physician to all aspects of life in a remarkably complete way; his summary may be enlightening to a part of the lay world, and to at least one physician it is entirely satisfactory…. As in all his works published in this country, the smooth employment of the English idiom gives evidence of the author’s rare linguistic versatility.”  Edwin P. Lehman in the Virginia Quarterly Review

ISBN: 9780300135749
Publication Date: March 1, 1941
164 pages, 5 1/4 x 8
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