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Books, Journals, New Media
December 17, 2003

Evidence-Based Medicine

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(23):3141-3142. doi:10.1001/jama.290.23.3141

In this 188-page murder-mystery and clinical manual, Marshall Godwin and Geoffrey Hodgetts blend clinical medicine and criminal intrigue. Their protagonist, Leslie Sharpe, is a bright, young, conscientious physician and member of a group practice in Bedford, Ontario. Her practice is anchored in science and evidence. As confidante and counselor to her patients, when a murder occurs in the small city, she is drawn into the investigation. She participates in its denouement even as she ably solves clinical conundrums in her practice. If all this reminds you of Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury, Murder She Wrote), Adela Bradley (Diana Rigg, The Mrs Bradley Mysteries), Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, or other genteel sleuths—who merely out of curiosity decipher the inapparent, risking personal safety, without expressed need for recognition or compensation—then your imagery is fairly accurate.