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Books, Journals, New Media
May 19, 2004

Essays, History

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. 2004;291(19):2382-2383. doi:10.1001/jama.291.19.2382

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.

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