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Books, Journals, New Media
June 4, 2003


Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2003;289(21):2871-2872. doi:10.1001/jama.289.21.2871

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.

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