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Books, Journals, New Media
May 16, 2001

History: Surgery, Skin and Syphilis: Daniel Turner's London (1667-1741)

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2001;285(19):2512. doi:10.1001/jama.285.19.2512-JBK0516-3-1

In Surgery, Skin and Syphilis, Philip K. Wilson examines early 18th-century London through the eyes of a surgeon, noting that "historians have neglected London surgeons and their practices during the Enlightenment." The book's subject, Dr Daniel Turner, was both a physician and surgeon, a distinction of significance. About 300 pages long, the book is concise, informative, and an enjoyable read for a general audience. It contains eight small chapters, each with an unusually extensive and amply annotated bibliography.