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Bulletin of the History of Medicine reviews Diploma Mill by David Alan Johnson

Mar 9th, 2020

Diploma Mill cover. By David Alan Johnson. Kent State University PressToby A. Appel reviews Diploma Mill: The Rise and Fall of Dr. John Buchanan and the Eclectic Medical College of Pennsylvania for the Bulletin of the History of Medicine.

“Buchanan ran a large business, selling diplomas to individuals with or without any formal medical training in the United States and Europe. Buchanan’s two schools were not the only diploma mills in the nation, but they were the largest and most audacious at the time [late 19th century].

In this highly readable biography, Johnson treats Buchanan more as a cunning rascal than as a grave danger to society. His pursuit of sources on Buchanan and eclectic medicine is thorough.”

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