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  1. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I was so excited for this book and I have to say, it left me wanting more. The author clearly stated in the introduction that he would be unable to cover all of America's medical history because that would become a much larger book and no one would want to read it. While I understand that sentiment, I have no idea how a section of the book can be devoted to medical advancements due to the Civil War with no mention of Clara Barton and her influential work with the Sanitary Commission and the Amer I was so excited for this book and I have to say, it left me wanting more. The author clearly stated in the introduction that he would be unable to cover all of America's medical history because that would become a much larger book and no one would want to read it. While I understand that sentiment, I have no idea how a section of the book can be devoted to medical advancements due to the Civil War with no mention of Clara Barton and her influential work with the Sanitary Commission and the American Red Cross. Additionally, I don't know how another section could be devoted to medical advancements due to WWII with no mention of the unethical medical testing on the Tuskegee Airman and/or any of the other medical testing done with no knowledge of those being tested on. GAH! I found these missing details critical and frustrating. Overall an interesting read but be careful, there are many holes in this history.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    This book is a general overview of the history of American medicine, though as a surgeon himself, Rutkow tends to focus on surgical developments--he also focuses a bit too much on "great men," although his stories are extremely entertaining. He writes a quick moving narrative. This book is useful as a chronological overview, and is especially strong in its description of nineteenth-century medicine (Rutkow's previous work includes studies of Civil War medicine). I found his treatment of the twen This book is a general overview of the history of American medicine, though as a surgeon himself, Rutkow tends to focus on surgical developments--he also focuses a bit too much on "great men," although his stories are extremely entertaining. He writes a quick moving narrative. This book is useful as a chronological overview, and is especially strong in its description of nineteenth-century medicine (Rutkow's previous work includes studies of Civil War medicine). I found his treatment of the twentieth century to be much weaker, but I enjoyed this book, nonetheless.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    An enlightening brief history of American medicine, done essentially as a series of short vignettes about important moments in American medicine history. The writing would never set the best non-fiction writers of this world on fire with its insight or beauty, but it is a functional book. Glad I read it, and didn't have a hard time understanding or finishing it. I even learned what a trocar is. 3 stars! An enlightening brief history of American medicine, done essentially as a series of short vignettes about important moments in American medicine history. The writing would never set the best non-fiction writers of this world on fire with its insight or beauty, but it is a functional book. Glad I read it, and didn't have a hard time understanding or finishing it. I even learned what a trocar is. 3 stars!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    recommended for history of medicine buffs. a very readable account.

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