January 1958

A Pictorial History of Medicine.

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By Otto L. Bettmann, Ph.D. Price, $9.50. Pp. 318, with profuse illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Spring-field, Ill., 1956.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;101(1):165-166. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260130179033

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No one has ever seriously estimated the influence of the camera on modern medicine or the world at large, nor have there been many thoughtful studies of the role of illustration in scientific treatises. At a time when reading is largely defunct, we witness the great flourishing of pictorial journals, of which a prominent example is the weekly Life. For a bird's-eye view of what might be called a picture gallery of medicine beginning with the most ancient statues, paintings, and bas reliefs and continuing up to modern-day photography, Bettmann's "A Pictorial History of Medicine" is an excellent source book. Anyone who really knows medical history can point out a number of errors, and there are some typographical mistakes. The doctor, as he has appeared in fable and play, in lampoon and satire, in praise and glory, from the dim days of prehistory up to the modern era, is recorded

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