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Books, Journals, New Media
April 11, 2001

LiteratureMedical Progress and Social Reality: A Reader in Nineteenth-Century Medicine and Literature

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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edited by Lilian R. Furst (The Margins of Literature), 314 pp, $17.95, paper, ISBN 0-7914-4804-5, Albany, NY, State University of New York Press, 2000.

JAMA. 2001;285(14):1892-1893. doi:10.1001/jama.285.14.1892-JBK0411-2-1

When we first began teaching courses on literature and medicine 22 years ago, the field was embryonic. With a few notable exceptions at the "newer" medical schools, eg, Pennsylvania State University at Hershey, the University of Texas at Galveston, and the University of Connecticut at Farmington, there was only modest activity in the field. Now, more than 20 years later, literature and medicine has become a distinct discipline. The Johns Hopkins University Press publishes a journal entitled Literature and Medicine; New York University School of Medicine issues an important On-Line Database of Literature, Arts, and Medicine; and new anthologies of medical humanities aimed at the myriad undergraduate and graduate students in this relatively new field appear frequently.

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