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Books, Journals, New Media
December 7, 2005

Osler Library

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;294(21):2769. doi:10.1001/jama.294.21.2769

This gorgeous book was produced to mark the 75th anniversary of the Osler Library of the History of Medicine at McGill University. The volume highlights some 75 historical books, selected by scholars who have worked with the Library’s rare book collections.

The book combines the scholars’ comments on each volume with fine illustrations taken from the original texts. At least that seems to have been the original plan. Perhaps the editors ran out of time, because approximately half of the entries are written by them. Faith Wallis, professor of history and social studies of medicine at McGill, wrote the largest number, and her coeditor, Pamela Miller, the history of medicine librarian at the Osler Library, contributed a few. No matter, because the entries are all well-written glimpses into the history of medicine, and many are polished little miniatures of scholarly erudition. As befits a celebratory volume, the book is well designed and elegantly printed on fine-quality paper.

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