September 6, 1952

Doctors Differ. Five Studies in Contrast: John Elliotson, Hugh Owen Thomas, James Mackenzie, William Macewen, R. W. Philip

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By Harley Williams. Cloth. $5.50. Pp. 239, with 8 illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1952; [Jonathan Cape, Ltd., 30 Bedford Sq., London, W.C.1, 1946].

JAMA. 1952;150(1):63. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680010069035

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The age-old phrase, "doctors differ," here refers to the lives of John Elliotson, Hugh Owen Thomas, James Mackenzie, William Macewen, and R. W. Philip, all of whom were British physicians. In the chapter on Mackenzie are found sketches of the life of William Osler, and, in part six, in which Robert William Philip's life is described, Edward Livingston Trudeau is mentioned in connection with the conquest of tuberculosis. This causes somewhat of a hodgepodge, although the facts are interesting, and the stories are well told.

This volume seems to be a reprint from a 1946 edition issued under the imprint of Jonathan Cape, Ltd. It is a rambling essay, filled with incidents, stories concerning research, and personal incidents. Perhaps part 4 may interest American physicians because of the references to Osler. The chapter on William Macewen and the story of the brain as worked out by him is vivid, enlightening,

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