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March 4, 1968

Medicine in Art: A Cultural History

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edited by Jean Rousselot, 333 pp, with illus, New York, Toronto, London, and Sydney: McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1967.

JAMA. 1968;203(10):896-897. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140100078035

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Within the past few weeks two important books on art have appeared in this country—20,000 Years of World Paintings, edited by Jaffe, and Medicine in Art, edited by Rousselot. The reproductions in each volume are delightful, the lithography is outstanding, and the prices are consistent with the quality.

Medicine in Art is not an encyclopedic treatise, but it fills one void among several. Each of the principal contributors is European or European-oriented. Ilza Veith, formerly of the University of Chicago and now professor of the history of medicine at the University of California and the outstanding Western scholar of Oriental medicine, prepared the section on the Far East and the Middle East. Dusseldorf and Paris claim the other contributors.

My interest in this book is directly related to the colored cover program for The Journal, which was started more than three years ago. The weekly selection has required me