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.
Stanley B. Burns, MD, "an ophthalmologist, a lifetime collector, and
a historian," has assembled a remarkable collection of medical photographs
from the years 1845 through 1945. Burns began collecting medical photographs
in 1975, and his collection has grown into the Burns Archive.
The four volumes comprising Respiratory Disease: A
Photographic History present 101 medical images. They range from the
historic to the grotesque, for instance, images of destructive facial lesions
due to tuberculosis, syphilis, and parasites—all problems of this country's
past but still encountered in remote, underdeveloped nations. Each of the
four volumes represents eras that Burns labels "Pioneer (1845-1870)," "Antiseptic
(1871-1995)," "X-ray (1896-1920)," and "Serologic (1921-1945)." The collection
ends with the introduction of penicillin for general use in 1945.
Petty TL. Photo History. JAMA. 2004;291(1):111-112. doi:10.1001/jama.291.1.111