by Martin R. Lipp, 550 pp, with illus, paper $24.95, ISBN 0-07-037974-2, New York, NY, McGraw-Hill Publishing Co, 1991.
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New concepts in publications related to medicine are rare; this book is one. The author describes his project as "really four volumes in one: it is at once a travel guide, a reference work, an anthology of stories and a history text on health care in the United States." Remarkably enough, the author has achieved his goal and even more.
He has recognized the increasing interest both by doctors and the public in medicine, and therefore has produced a volume that not only is brief but also is a pleasure to read. The book is packed with facts that range from historical vignettes to detailed directions for visiting sites of interest.
For physicians who already believe they know all such material, the author has elucidated the intricate history of the evolution of such puzzles as the development of New York City and Chicago hospitals. For the public, he has written
Welch CE. Medical Landmarks USA: A Travel Guide. JAMA. 1991;266(6):852. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470060114043