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Books, Journals, New Media
January 26, 2005


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. 2005;293(4):497-502. doi:10.1001/jama.293.4.500

About two years ago I reviewed the late Roy Porter’s Bodies Politic: Disease, Death and Doctors in Britain, 1650-1900. I innocently believed it was Porter’s last book. If any more appear, I will begin to think this prolific, brilliant historian of the Enlightenment and medicine has achieved the ability to communicate from beyond. A silly thought, but some of the authors Porter surveys in Flesh in the Age of Reason: The Modern Foundations of Body and Soul seriously discussed such things.

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