Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA;
Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia
Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.
James Watson’s contributions to biomedical science are well known
to students, professionals, and the general public. Gina Smith recently called
the discovery of the double helix “a greater achievement than the discovery
of vaccines and antibiotics combined.”1 In The Writing Life of James D. Watson, Errol Friedberg unveils
one of James Watson’s less widely known endowments: his gift for writing.
This fascinating book reveals how Watson established a novel style that has
touched not only scientists but also readers without a biology background.
Stein RA. Watson’s Writing. JAMA. 2005;293(11):1393-1397. doi:10.1001/jama.293.11.1394