Editors Smolan and Moffit have produced a powerful, emotive book, chronicling the last century of medicine's progress. They searched over 600 photographic collections from around the world to find the most illustrative photos from such noted photographers as Walker Evans and Lewis Hine. Former New York Times health and science editor Richard Flaste's text recounts the evolution of modern medicine. This book is an excellent source for those who want a short, selective history of modern medicine or for those who need pictures of various medical practices. Since this collection is primarily of action shots, a library looking for a more inclusive history of Western medicine might consider Albert Lyons and Joseph Petrucelli's Medicine: An Illustrated History ( LJ 3/15/79), which covers medicine from the Greeks to the present and includes many more topics. Medicine's Great Journey , however, is the best and most moving collection of medical photographs available.-- Eric D. Albright, Galter Health Sciences Lib., Northwestern Univ., Chicago
This striking volume is in part the result of a photographic contest cosponsored by Olympus Camera and Hippocrates Partners, publisher of several health magazines. Although some of the pictures have already appeared publicly (e.g., those in the photo essay "A Day in the Life of a Country Doctor" in "Life" in 1948--although a few of the images here were not used by "Life"), many have not. Some of them are intensely dramatic and compelling: a large color shot of a baby with AIDS in Romania; color shots of a 13-week fetus showing its closed eyes and of a red blood cell ruptured by the malarial plasmodium; a black-and-white of the building-long advertisement for famed dentist "Painless Parker." Yet other pictures the viewer will retain long after closing this unique book are some of those showing the medical ship "Hope", Project Orbicularis, Albert Schweitzer, and scenes from both world wars. As do the pictures, the text deals with medical matters from throughout the world; although a helpful complement, it's bothered by some typos.