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Books, Journals, New Media
June 6, 2001

20th Century MedicineMedicine in the Twentieth Century

Author Affiliations

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


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edited by Roger Cooter and John Pickstone, 756 pp, $120, ISBN 90-5702-479-9, Canada, Harwood Academic Publishers, 2000.

JAMA. 2001;285(21):2790-2791. doi:10.1001/jama.285.21.2790-JBK0606-6-1

The title of this more than 700-page volume might suggest a linear history of medical and surgical advances of the last century. Instead, we find a multiauthor compilation of 46 essays intended for a general audience. The specialists who contribute include historians, physicians, anthropologists, sociologists, business people, entrepreneurs, and teachers. The editors and more than 30 other contributors reside in the United Kingdom.

Instead of historical chronology, we are treated to an engaging exposé of a century of medicine's advances and shortcomings, intertwined with the economic, historical, political, industrial, technological, and educational realities of the period.

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