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Book and Media Reviews
September 20, 2006

History, Technology

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2006;296(11):1407-1412. doi:10.1001/jama.296.11.1407

Science and Technology in Medicine is a large book whose cover is graced by the image of an aseptically clothed scientist conducting an experiment. It has two forewords, a preface, an introduction, and a name index but no table of contents or subject index and contains more than 1100 illustrations.

Following the introductory material is a list of “Ninety-nine Landmark Publications at a Glance.” Each of the subsequent 99 sections comprising the main body of the book begins with a one-paragraph sketch of the life and published work of a particular scientist. Next come excerpts from the subject's selected landmark publication and a final “In Perspective” on how the contribution advanced medical science. Author Andras Gedeon asserts that these publications “describe the historical progression of important contributions of science and technology to the field of medicine.”

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