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Books, Journals, New Media
July 16, 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;290(3):405-406. doi:10.1001/jama.290.3.405

Every historian is faced with the difficult task of providing a complete, detailed, and authoritative account of his or her subject while managing to hold the reader's interest with an attractive tale of how the past became the present. Dr Gerard Burrow, former dean of the Yale University School of Medicine, has managed to preserve this balance while providing a fascinating, if complex, story of institutional survival and triumph. Throughout, he skillfully describes the role of key persons and events involved in transforming a small, precariously funded and understaffed medical school founded in 1810 into the large and prestigious academic medical center of today.