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.
I have to admit that when offered this book to review, I really did
not have a clue as to who Sir Christopher Booth was. As such, I was immediately
embarrassed to read in the foreword that he " . . . requires little introduction
to either medical or historical audiences"! While no polymath, I am not the
least well-read physician on the planet. Thus, my guess is that among North
American physicians, I am not alone in knowing nothing about the distinguished
Englishman whose collection of 15 pithy essays this book comprises. However,
the ignorant among us will learn a lot by reading them. I certainly did, and
now, at least I know who Booth is.
Clarfield AM. Essays, History. JAMA. 2004;291(19):2382-2383. doi:10.1001/jama.291.19.2382