Judith Overmier, PhD
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Overmier J.; Creative Healers: A Collection of Essays, Reviews, and Poems from The Pharos 1938-1998. Ann Intern Med. 2005;142:480. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-142-6-200503150-00030
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2005;142(6):480.
Harris ED Jr., ed. 532 pages. Menlo Park, CA: Alpha Omega Alpha; 2004. $50.00. ISBN 09755090055000. Order at http://www.alphaomegaalpha.org.
Field of medicine: Medical humanities.
Format: Hardcover book.
Audience: People interested in medical humanities, history of medicine, and medical education.
Purpose: To provide a selection of essays, reviews, and poems from 60 years of The Pharos that are still relevant to today's physicians and students.
Content: The book is an anthology containing 69 contributions arranged in 13 sections. Section 3, “History of Medicine and the Physicians Who Made History,” is the largest section. Four additional sections include “The Ancients: Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Chinese,” “Stories Focused upon Sir William Osler,” “The Physician and Wartime,” and “Women … Their Health and Rights.” The book contains several other papers, including a history of the journal's publisher, Alpha Omega Alpha. Thus, almost half the book focuses on history of medicine. Most contributions are accompanied by useful brief summaries about the professional lives or current activities of the 79 authors.
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