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August 19, 1998

Doctors and PatientsBetween Doctors and Patients: The Changing Balance of Power

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Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998American Medical Association

JAMA. 1998;280(7):666. doi:10.1001/jama.280.7.666-JBK0819-3-1

This is not an easy book to review, in part because of the somewhat misleading subtitle. A more accurate one would be "Depictions of Physicians and Patients in Literature, Fiction and Nonfiction, from 1830 to the Present." Of this, the book does an admirable and thorough job and would be interesting to anyone who desires a passing acquaintance with, among many others, Dr Thorne (1858),Wives and Daughters (1866), Middlemarch (1872), The Bostonians (1886), Helen Brent, MD (1891), Arrowsmith (1925), and The Citadel (1937), as well as recent nonfiction, including Konner's Becoming a Doctor (1987), Klass's A Not Entirely Benign Procedure (1987), and Klitzman's A Year-Long Night (1989). These few examples give a hint of the extensive scholarship involved in the preparation of this book.

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