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Veterinary history
Origins of ‘one medicine’
  1. Bruce Vivash Jones
  1. Ermin Way House, 34 Dollar Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 2AN
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THE letter by Stephen May (VR, November 16, 2013, vol 173, p 482) on the date of the first usage of the term ‘one medicine’ (1776), following the informative feature on the history of veterinary education by Andrew Gardiner and Susan Rhind (VR, October 26, 2013, vol 173, pp 388-393), is important. It emphasises that this knowledge of continental studies, which demonstrated that medical and veterinary sciences ‘could shed reciprocal light of the problems of the other’, was already known (Pugh 1962).

As an educational concept it was recognised in the first …

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