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Book and Media Reviews
December 6, 2006


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

JAMA. 2006;296(21):2620-2625. doi:10.1001/jama.296.21.2623

The United States and the United Kingdom are, as Bernard Shaw is said to have put it, “Two nations divided by a common language.” There is certainly a voluminous and fascinating literature on transatlantic mutual miscomprehension. Christopher Lawrence's new book may be regarded as, among much else, a welcome addition to this stock. Lawrence (who is professor at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London, and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh) reveals that medicine is as fertile a ground for Anglo-American misunderstanding as sport, politics, or pronunciation.

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