Medicine And Books

Sir Thomas Lewis: Pioneer Cardiologist and Clinical Scientist

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7096.1773 (Published 14 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1773
  1. Graham Jackson, consultant cardiologist
  1. Guy's Hospital, London

    Arthur Hollman Springer, £39.50, pp 300 ISBN 3 540 76049 0

    The direction and style of this book are outlined by Dr Hollman in the preface: “In some quarters there is now a strong tendency to play down the personal contributions of individuals and to emphasise instead the general events of their lifetime. In other words to demonstrate the importance of what is called social history. But I have not felt the urge to join this movement.”

    Encouraged by this, I set aside my lack of enthusiasm for medical history but first I had to overcome an important hurdle–the book's layout reminded me of those 1950s textbooks with relatively small print and text-heavy pages that …

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