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Book and Media Reviews
May 25, 2011

Medicine at Yale: The First 200 Years

JAMA. 2011;305(20):2118-2121. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.692

Medicine at Yale: The First 200 Years is a coffee table book, and a good one—heavily illustrated and elegantly presented. Writer-editor Kerry Falvey has presented the story of medical education, research, practice, and outreach at Yale through chronologically arranged vignettes. These reach from the earliest medical teaching at Yale to 2005 (3 centuries, not 2, because the first chapter covers the period 1701 to 1810). A time line runs horizontally across the tops of pages; below, blocks of text with subtitles and illustrations provide coverage ranging from a single narrow column of small print in some cases to 2 or more multicolumned pages in others. Readers can readily dip into images and sample a vast range of topics, because Falvey has chosen to explore Yale-associated health-related topics in commendably broad terms. Three longer essays by Nuland, Warner, and Duffy punctuate the chronology, and the volume closes with the considerations of 5 eminent members of Yale's faculty about the future of medicine (particularly with regard to issues that will be central in medical education).