June 1960

The Scientific Background: A Prose Anthology.

Author Affiliations

By A. Norman Jeffares and M. Bryn Davies. Price, 21 s. Pp. 306, with no illustrations. Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., Pitman House, 39-41 Parker St., Kingsway, London W.C. 2, England, 1958.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1960;105(6):972-973. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.00270180150018

An anthology is a tricky thing. Any anthology may offend by omitting a favorite item. Nonetheless, an anthology serves a wonderful purpose if it gives us such choice excerpts that we are led back to the sources and thus look up the originals. We may return to an old friend or find some exciting new reading. "The Scientific Background," brought out by an Englishman and a British colleague from the dominions, is a most stimulating anthology for any physician, teacher, or scientist. The editors were disturbed by the poverty of much contemporary writing in science and the increasing separation that occurs with the development of each new specialty. These points as well as the ever more widely cleaving separation of science from the arts were enough to challenge Jeffares and Davies. Today, more than ever before, it is vitally important for Mr. Average Man to understand something about science. It

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