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Tinsley Harrison, M.D. : Teacher of Medicine

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Tinsley Harrison -- doctor, teacher, researcher, medical school leader -- is one of the most important medical figures of the 20th century. He edited the first five editions of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, regarded as a quintessential medical text and perhaps the best-selling medical textbook of all time. He traveled the world in his capacity as a teaching doctor, made significant contributions to scholarship, and served as the dean/medical chairman at four medical schools. He is a titan of the field, an enormous presence central to the narrative of American medicine. Author Dr. James Pittman knew Harrison well, studying and teaching with him from the 1950s until Harrison's death. Pittman spent six years interviewing Harrison near the end of Harrison's life, and these lengthy interviews, as well as interviews with his colleagues, family and friends, form the bulk of the scholarship of this compulsively readable book. Pittman brings his own medical knowledge to the fore, as well as his personal friendship with the subject, in this beautifully written character study of one of science's great but not well-known men. Harrison lived a long, exciting life, and in these pages, readers will get a glimpse of the historical forces that shaped and in turn were shaped by this legendary doctor.show more

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  • Hardback | 372 pages
  • 200.66 x 238.76 x 27.94mm | 929.86g
  • NewSouth Books
  • Montgomery, Albania
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1588382265
  • 9781588382269

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Tinsley Harrison doctor, teacher, researcher, editor, writer, and father was one of the most important medical figures of the 20th century. He edited the first five editions of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, regarded as a quintessential medical text. He traveled the world in his capacity as a teaching doctor, made significant contributions to scholarship, and served as the dean at three different medical schools. He was a titan of the field, an enormous presence central to the narrative of American medicine. No significant biography has been written about him until now. Author James Pittman knew Harrison well, studying with him in the 1950s and 1960s. Pittman spent six years interviewing Harrison at the end of his life. Those lengthy interviews, as well as interviews with Harrison's colleagues, family, and friends, form the bulk of this compulsively readable book. Pittman brings his own medical knowledge and his personal friendship with the subject to the fore in this beautifully written character study of one of science's great, if not best known, men. Harrison lived a long, exciting life. In these pages, readers will get a glimpse of the historical forces that shaped, and the advances that were shaped by, this incredible doctor.show more

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"This well-written and inspiring biography not only traces Dr. Harrison's young life and his rise to prominence as a seventh-generation physician. It also presents sometimes shocking looks at the state and practice of medicine in the Deep South during the racially segregated 1950s and 1960s, as well as some of the significant improvements that have occurred in recent decades." --Si Dunn, Books, Books & More (New) Books; "Tinsley Harrison, M.D. Teacher of Medicine is a superb examination of an extraordinary doctor's life, seen through the lens of a turbulent century of medical and social change. Author James A. Pittman Jr., dean of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for 19 years, frames his biography of Harrison's life in riveting medical narratives that document the immense changes in medicine during the 20th century, especially in the South. Engrossing." --Montgomery Advertiser; "Pittman's book focuses on Harrison, but it also pictures a wide-angle view of medicine and society as the 19th century segued into and through the 20th century. A finely crafted biography." --Anniston Starshow more

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