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Books, Journals, New Media
October 2, 2002

Fiction: Time's Fool

Author Affiliations

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


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JAMA. 2002;288(13):1657-1658. doi:10.1001/jama.288.13.1657-JBK1002-4-1

Time's Fool, about an early 20th-century venereal disease specialist and a utopian community, is not your standard novel. We do not encounter larger-than-life or humorous characters—in fact, there is no glitz at all. But there is evidence of some unusual sexual activity. So why should we consider reading Time's Fool?

To begin with, our author is superbly equipped to tell a story that is richly textured and informed by several scholarly traditions. Terra Ziporyn has undergraduate degrees in biology and history from Yale University and received her doctorate in the history of medicine and science from the University of Chicago, where she also engaged in graduate study in biopsychology. She has made numerous contributions as a medical writer, editor, and historian to making science and medicine accessible to a wide audience. She is perhaps best known to health care professionals and the general public for her Harvard University Press publications on the health of women, families, and adolescents and her work as a former associate editor in the Medical News & Perspectives section of JAMA.