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Books, Journals, New Media
January 24/31, 2001

Colonial MedicineMedicine in Colonial America

Author Affiliations
 

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

 

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by Oscar Reiss, 518 pp, $64.50, ISBN 0-7618-1576-7, New York, NY, University Press of America, 2000.

JAMA. 2001;285(4):468-469. doi:10.1001/jama.285.4.468-JBK0124-3-1

Medicine in Colonial America, by Oscar Reiss, MD, is both informative and entertaining. It contains approximately twice as many pages as most other works on colonial medicine, and, thus, twice as much information.

In addition to expected topics, such as the training of colonial physicians and illnesses seen and treated by them, the 11 chapters cover such diverse topics as competition for the medical dollar and morbid anatomy. A minor criticism is that transitions between subjects within chapters are sometimes abrupt; chapter subdivisions might have helped.

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