Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Irvine Loudon, 347 pp, with illus, $49.95, ISBN 0-19-820509-0, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 1997.
As if a code blue had been sounded in the halls of medical history, no less than four multiauthored histories of occidental medicine have appeared since 1993 under the auspices of academic publishers, including Oxford, Cambridge, Routledge, and the Wellcome Institute. In addition, the intrepid and prolific Roy Porter, who is already a contributor to three of these works (the exception being the volume under review), has just produced his own 800-page survey of Western and Eastern medicine. Praised by Sherwin Nuland, Oliver Sacks, and Simon Schama, his book features cover art identical to the present volume. What is going on? And why should we read this book, edited by Loudon and modestly devoid of dust jacket blurbs, over any of the others?
History of MedicineWestern Medicine: An Illustrated History. JAMA. 1998;279(16):1319-1320. doi:10.1001/jama.279.16.1319-JBK0422-7-1