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Books, Journals, New Media
October 9, 2002


Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2002;288(14):1783. doi:10.1001/jama.288.14.1783

In publishing the Bellevue Literary Review (BLR), the department of medicine at New York University School of Medicine has undertaken the always important task of celebrating "the continuing spirit of humanity." This celebration is particularly appropriate after the events of September 11, 2001, as pointed out by the editors and staff of this new journal of medical humanities.

The Review is to be published twice a year. This first issue includes roughly 30 pieces of original short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, selected from more than 1000 manuscripts received by publisher, Martin J. Blaser, and the BLR editorial board. The publisher's note specifies the criterion for the selection of materials, namely that they "touch upon relationships to the human body, illness, health, and healing." BLR chief editor Danielle Ofri, who interned at Bellevue Hospital and is now an attending physician there, reminds us that this institution has witnessed two and a half centuries of human drama. Bellevue has become a metaphor for the varieties of big-city, uniquely American experience. One of the contributors, the late DeWitt Stetten, Jr, an intern and resident at Bellevue from 1934-1937, notes, "No one could be denied admission." Doctors, patients, nurses, personnel, and visitors still jostle each other in the corridors and wards of Bellevue, creating an intense emotional and intellectual environment.