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Images in Mississippi Medicine: A Photographic History of Medicine in Mississippi
Images in Mississippi Medicine: A Photographic History of Medicine in Mississippi
by Lucius "Luke" M. Lampton, MD and Karen A. Evers


 
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Mississippi State Medical Association (pub: 2018)

An old idiom asserts that a picture speaks a thousand words, and the hundreds of images which follow tell the story of medicine with texture, color, and depth words often can't convey. Mississippi has always possessed a distinctive medical sense of place, with its history strongly influenced by its sultry climate as well as native and imported diseases. The long struggle of physicians was arduous in their efforts to battle the state's significant health challenges, which included poverty, race, and an often-malignant climate.

Written by Lucius "Luke" Lampton, MD and Karen Evers, longtime editors of the state's respected monthly medical journal, Images in Mississippi Medicine: A Photographic History of Medicine in Mississippi provides an extraordinary and unrivaled account of the evolution of medicine in Mississippi from territorial times to today's latest technology. This magnificently illustrated book offers a unique array of rare photographs and historical images as well as compelling essays by Dr. Lampton which reveal the untold story of Mississippi's medical history, a largely forgotten drama peppered with forgotten but brilliant medical heroes who helped shaped the larger history of the state in both political and social terms. Over two decades in the making, this book will prove essential to anyone interested in the medicine in the state.

The story of medicine is the story of men and women and their endeavors to care for their patients and advance their profession. The book's chapters explore with fascinating narrative and vivid imagery the rise of hospitals and medical institutions, physician pioneers, the history of the treatment of mental illness, the emergence of public health, the crusade for medical education, and the accomplishments of organized medicine.

Published by the Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA) under the auspices of the Commemorative Committee for the 150th Anniversary meeting of the MSMA House of Delegates. The work of this Committee is done in honor and memory of Mississippi physicians, without whom this history would not have been possible.

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