Early Culture and Medicine to 1895 and the Creation of the MGH

  • Herman D. Suit
  • Jay S. Loeffler


There is no certainty as to the origins of medicine. Well before recorded history, there was surely a wide spectrum of shamans with their sacred herbs and diverse procedures to relieve symptoms and make the “patients” more comfortable with their situation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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