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Book and Media Reviews
October 13, 2010

My Name Is Mary Sutter

JAMA. 2010;304(14):1618-1619. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1472

Robin Oliveira's captivating narrative of medicine in the midst of 19th-century warfare is useful as a teaching tool as much as it is engaging as a work of fiction. Recent historical accounts of disease, medicine, and war—such as Stephan Talty's analysis of the effects of typhus on Napoleon's 1812 Russian campaign—have been gripping. However, Oliveira's scrupulously factually researched canvass allows its readers to witness through human experience the agonizingly complex relationship of disease, mutilation, death, and healing in war.