A DOCTOR'S LIFE: A Visual History of Doctors and Nurses Through the Ages by Rod Storring

A DOCTOR'S LIFE: A Visual History of Doctors and Nurses Through the Ages

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This brief visual overview of the history of doctors and nurses begins with Roman doctors circa A.D. 50 and ends with modern surgeons. Storring organizes the information under spreads labeled ""Midwife,"" ""Victorian Public Health,"" ""District Nurse,"" ""Tropical Doctor,"" ""Elizabethan Housewife,"" etc.; most include a staged scene as well as photographs and drawings of medical instruments, medicines, and herbs. The facts are compelling; Storring's point--that the practice of medicine has changed greatly throughout history, but the one constant has been the purpose of doctors and nurses to alleviate suffering--is clearly conveyed. However, the posed scenes are unrealistic and even ridiculous; these undermine the otherwise serious content.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1998
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Dutton