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Book and Media Reviews
January 17, 2007

History of Medicine

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

JAMA. 2007;297(3):317-321. doi:10.1001/jama.297.3.319

Going beyond simply telling the story of the rise of Western medicine and its interplay with science, society, and the public, this pocketbook version of a larger, illustrated text does not allow its compact size to reduce medical history to an oversimplified, caricatured vision of the past. True, it broadly views medicine as oscillating around the poles of paternalism, liberalism, professionalism, and corporatism, but merely identifying such patterns is not considered explanatory here.

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