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Bulletin of the History of Medicine 78.1 (2004) ix-x

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Instructions for Authors

The journal publishes articles spanning the social, cultural, and scientific aspects of the history of medicine worldwide. Articles are based on historical research in primary sources that allow the author to make interpretations and to place the story in historical context.

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The second and succeeding citations of references should refer back to the first full citation.


Alain Corbin, The Foul and the Fragrant: Odor and the French Social Imagination, trans. Miriam L. Kochan (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1986), pp. 10-12. [This is the standard Bulletin style for citation of books.]Francis H. Davenport, "Some Gynecological Cases Treated by the Faradic Current," Boston Med. Surg. J., 1988, 119: 397. [This is the standard Bulletin style for citation of journals.]Walsh McDermott, "Evaluating the Physician and His Technology," in Doing Better and Feeling Worse, ed. John H. Knowles (New York: W. W. Norton, 1979), p. 143.Corbin, Foul and Fragrant (n. 1), p. 11.Maria R. Audubon, ed., Audubon and His Journals, 2 vols. (New York, 1897; reprint, New York: Dover, 1960), 2: 42-48."One Malady Casts Out Another," New York Times, 7 July 1925, p. 18, col. 5.


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