Two reviews in the New England Journal of Medicine

The April 23, 2009, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine features reviews of two Cornell University Press books. Here are a few excerpts.

Biomedical Ambiguity: Race, Asthma, and the Contested Meaning of Genetic Research in the Caribbean by Ian Whitmarsh:

“Whitmarsh’s insight into the process by which race, genes, and environmental factors are negotiated in the Caribbean at the request of large corporations and scientific research teams is important. It will help the reader understand how such ideas, practices, and drugs are being marketed worldwide.”—Malcolm N. Blumenthal, MD

The Changing Face of Medicine: Women Doctors and the Evolution of Health Care in America by Ann K. Boulis and Jerry A. Jacobs:

“The number of women entering medical school and residency and practicing medicine in the United States has grown steadily over the past four decades. The Changing Face of Medicine is an exploration of multiple aspects of this change, including societal developments, immigration, economics, and the women’s movement. . . . This book will allow educators, administrations, reformers, and representatives of funding sources—as well as future physicians—to understand how American medicine came to be as it is now.”—Bonnie J. Dattel, MD

Two reviews in the New England Journal of Medicine