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Making the Modern Medical School: The Wisconsin Stories

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 07 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:551
  1. Ed Peile, associate director of clinical studies (
  1. University of Oxford Medical School

    Robert Oliver

    Science History Publications/USA, $24.95, pp 165

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    ISBN 0 88135 362 0

    UK readers can order this book from the BMJ Bookshop, tel: 020 7383 6244

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    I almost abandoned this book on the first page. A painfully twisted metaphor about birth, miscarriage, gestation, cross-fertilisation, and infertility was not a good start. Robert Oliver tends to overwork the metaphors as when he talks of wars and battles or when he cites William Butler Yeats later in the book. I found his style most comfortable when he got into the swing of historical descriptive writing, and I was soon enjoying his graphic picture of the midwest of the United …

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