Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
Missions for Science describes the effect of
American technology and medical science on four tropical or subtropical regions:
the Black Belt South, Haiti, Liberia, and Panama. The account is well informed
but marred by dense prose and a thesis that crosses over the line from censorious
to carping. In addition to maintaining that Americans have "overestimate[d]
the [beneficial] impact of their technical projects on these societies," David
McBride also contends that native societies have suffered "detriments" from
US technology and science. Much of his book is devoted to a discussion of
the alleged damage and harm.
Wolters R. History. JAMA. 2003;289(21):2871–2872. doi:10.1001/jama.289.21.2871