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Book and Media Reviews
August 9, 2006

Medical Marvels

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(6):704-709. doi:10.1001/jama.296.6.706-b

Riding high on the promise of gene-based therapies and robot-aided surgeries, 21st-century medical students are likely to gloss over the struggles of ancient healers, which are usually tucked in the introductory chapters of their textbooks. They may overlook the Hippocratic philosophy's emphasis on a cordial patient-physician bond. Dazzled by new medical breakthroughs, they may miss the societal context of medicine. Medical Marvels can help draw budding doctors and even seasoned practitioners closer to a fuller picture of medicine, help them realize that the war between doctors and diseases is hardly over, remind them of widening health inequalities, and lead them to ponder how healers have become “providers” and patients “customers.”

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