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