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Books, Journals, New Media
November 26, 2003

Medicine and Art

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.

JAMA. 2003;290(20):2739-2740. doi:10.1001/jama.290.20.2739

This is a handsomely produced volume of 53 superb reproductions of paintings and drawings that reflect the physician's role in society, especially the relationship between doctor and patient. The book is not a coffee table decoration but, rather, a scholarly work that provides a broad overview of the practice of medicine from the 13th to 21st centuries. The illustrations give a taste of what medicine was like, an impression difficult to convey in a standard textbook history of medicine.

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