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.
Drawing upon his life-long collection of philatelic material, the author,
a medical microbiologist, has produced a most interesting and useful book.
He has used his collection of stamps, postcards, envelopes, postmarks, and
other philatelic material to tell an illustrated story of medical microbiology,
its notable personalities, and selected diseases.
The development of microscopy, the sanitary movement, the introduction
of germ theory, concepts of contagion, the work of Pasteur and Koch, and the
rise of bacteriology and immunology are the topics that introduce 20th-century
immunology, antibiotics, and virology. These 70 pages are the background to
specific studies of smallpox, plague, cholera, yellow fever, tuberculosis,
leprosy, malaria, and other epidemic diseases ending with AIDS. In each case
the early history, the scientists involved, diagnosis, and therapy are well
illustrated with the author’s material, and nearly all significant scientists
Joy RJT. History. JAMA. 2004;292(23):2919-2924. doi:10.1001/jama.292.23.2919-b