Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by David E. Brown, 209 pp, with illus, $29.95, ISBN 0-262-02508-6, Cambridge, Mass, MIT Press, 2002 (http://www.inventingmodernamerica.com).
This is a marvelous book for many reasons. A slender volume (209 glossy pages), it is well written in a readable style. It is lavishly illustrated with a pleasant layout, multicolored pages, and numerous photos and diagrams. It could well be subtitled "A Celebration of the American Mind." For physicians, who use their minds to make their living, it should be a delight to read, for it describes 35 Americans (29 men and six women) whose creative intelligence has produced a wide range of inventions that have enhanced modern life.
InventionInventing Modern America: From the Microwave to the Mouse. JAMA. 2002;287(22):3010. doi:10.1001/jama.287.22.3010-JBK0612-4-1