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The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine; The Oxford Illustrated Companion to Medicine

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 12 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:119
  1. Mark Powlson, managing editor
  1. Prescribers' Journal Ltd

    The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine

    Ed Roy Porter

    Cambridge University Press, £19.95, pp 400

    ISBN 0 521 00252 4

    The Oxford Illustrated Companion to Medicine

    Third edition

    Eds Stephen Lock, John M Last, George Dunea

    Oxford University Press, £39.50, pp 891

    ISBN 0 19 262950 6

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    Rarely does the BMJ publish reviews of reprints or new editions, and rarer still entrust something edited by one of its former editors to a former reviews editor of the Lancet. However, the quality of both of these books shines through. Comparisons of two such worthy works are invidious, but here (although not quite so evident in recent years in the Boat Race) the dark blues—Oxford—have it over the light blues—Cambridge—although, strictly speaking, they are …

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