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The New Yorker Book of Doctor Cartoons Hardcover – November 30, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1 edition (November 30, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679430695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679430698
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I first discovered The New Yorker when I was a teenager. When I saw how many people subscribed to the magazine, I started asking people why they did. Inevitably, the answer was, "For the cartoons." Since then, I have come to realize that The New Yorker is like the hall of fame for cartoonists.
I became interested in this book after reading the excellent The New Yorker Book of Money Cartoons. I was a bit disappointed in this book by comparison, which explains the four star rating. While the cartoons are terrific, the book would have benefited from having a great introduction like the one that Christopher Buckley wrote for the money cartoons.
There are 86 pages of cartoons and over 90 cartoons in this book. Almost all of them are outstanding.
The humor is aimed at both physicians and psychiatrists. Somehow, the humor about the latter seemed funnier than the former. "Does the doctor hug?" was one of my favorites.
The strong conservative bent of many physicians was well captured by one cartoon that said, "Doctor, you must stop addressing your Medicare patients as Comrade."
Lawyer humor, and the physician's usual conerns about law suits are here, too. "The doctor's lawyer will see you now."
The questionable bedside manners of some physicians and the quirks of patients were equally well represented in the cartoon that said, "Well, Phil, after years of vague complaints and imaginary ailments, we finally have something to work with."
The ever-growing specialization of medicine came in for comment in this cartoon: "I'd like you to see a botanist. You exhibit many of the symptoms of Dutch elm disease."
Finally, some humor was aimed directly at the profession.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Mann VINE VOICE on May 6, 2007
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First off, the book is tiny. I mean really tiny. It's about 3 inches square. You can't discern the mini size from the Amazon picture, so be prepared. And, correspondingly, the cartoons are very small and may be hard to read if your eyes are over 45 years of age.

The editors have culled together what are ostensibly the most humorous of the doctor-related cartoons from the New Yorker. Because humor is in the eye of the beholder, I can't say if they succeeded. All I can say is that there were a few gems for me, principally those by Gahan Wilson and Charles Addams. The average entry made me smile a little on the inside, but not much more than that.

The New Yorker Book of Doctor Cartoons can be useful if you are in the position of needing doctor related visual humor on a regular basis. I could see this book of value to people who give presentations about health care, doctors, or medicine. I could also see this book as a nice (but did I mention TINY) gift to give to the doctors in your life. Doctors who can laugh at themselves will appreciate the humor. I know. I laugh at myself all the time (and yes, I'm a doctor).

While not about doctors per se, an alternative to consider is: The Party After You Left
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Holly on February 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
Perhaps it was my fault but I have given "New Yorker Books" of various cartoon subject matter in the past and have been delighted. This little book is tiny!! It's about 4" X 3" and not a quarter of an inch thick. I would have been happier had I known in advance. There is nowhere in the copy that alludes to this surprise. Many of the tiny little cartoons are very funny, however.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bibliomaniac on August 21, 2011
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These books are quite tiny, as in pocket-size. The original hardcover is a standard size book, but not this edition, although the only difference in the heading is paperback versus hardcover. While poetry can be lovely in pocket size books, detailed cartoons suffer in the miniature edition. In the original, the cartoons are wonderful. Fabulous gift of laughter for someone who is hospital-bound, which was my intention, but this edition is too small to be fully enjoyed, especially by anyone with vision affected by age/illness. Oddly, even though it was only two weeks after receiving the books when I tried to return them (because they are just too small for the older patients for whom these are intended) according to the Amazon site these are only eligible to be replaced with others of the same item, these are not eligible to be returned for a refund. Peculiar because Amazon has been good about returns in the past. Go figure. So be careful to check the size listed in the fine print on each edition that you consider before you order!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The New Yorker magazine has a deserved reputation for printing some of the funniest cartoons. Unfortunately, that is not evident in this collection. While some of them are good and elicit a chuckle, the majority come across as bland and at best generates a smile. While the medical profession can be lampooned in a hilarious manner, that does not happen here.
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By CincinnatiMom on February 13, 2014
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This is a little book, but great as a stocking stuffer. My husband was looking for doctor comics to put in his office to entertain waiting patients. This fit the bill.
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By KatyCat on June 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A good compilation of New Yorker cartoons. The cartoons were bound in a book volume. Cartoons poked fun at American doctors and health delivery system.
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