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November 27, 1991

Medicine in Chicago, 1850-1950: A Chapter in the Social and Scientific Development of a City

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Medical School Chicago, Ill

Northwestern University Medical School Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1991;266(20):2911. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470200125053

This book presents a chronological history of medicine in Chicago and has separate chapters on schools, societies and publications, the Chicago Medical Society, hospitals, and public health.

Any serious student of the history of medicine in Chicago needs six or seven specific books on his or her working shelf. When a new edition of one of these appears, it should be added. However, this book is not a new edition; it is essentially a reprint of the 1957 volume.

The only "new" material in the 1991 volume is the nine pages of illustrations, the 25 pages of the chapter "Social and Political Attitudes of Chicago Physicians," and the two-page "A Note on Bibliography." Chapter 12 is an article that originally appeared in 1953 in the widely available Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. "A Note on Bibliography" contains some useful references but does not have many others.