Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser
for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.
In The Mysteries Within Dr Sherwin Nuland recounts
a "journey" through years of medical thought and innovation by describing
various organs, including heart, uterus, stomach, liver, and spleen. Each
account includes an anecdote of his surgical care of a patient and the evolution
of beliefs and treatments over the centuries, from ancient times to the present.
Most of the clinical cases Nuland describes are from his residency or
early years of practice. While some show innovation in their time, most are
tried-and-true treatments still in existence today, eg, splenectomy. The author
intertwines his philosophy of surgical and medical care and imparts it to
the reader. Chapters begin with history lessons and end with the anecdote.
His historical reach includes, but is not limited to, the ancient Hebrews,
ancient Egypt, and the Renaissance. William Harvey is mentioned frequently.
Organs. JAMA. 2000;284(1):99. doi:10.1001/jama.284.1.99