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.
This is a disturbing book. Physically it is beautiful, with more than
100 full-color illustrations of smoking paraphernalia, tobacco ads, and people
from all around the world smoking in diverse ways. Many of the essays, however,
are slipshod, blinkered, or compromised by myriad omissions. The book reads
like an apology for smoking, which the authors glorify as a universal human
need: “human beings have always smoked, and they probably always will.”
Smoking enthusiasts and tobacco manufacturers will find it delightful.
Proctor RN. Smoking History. JAMA. 2005;294(2):255-256. doi:10.1001/jama.294.2.255