From Library Journal
Kathy Arsenault, Univ. of South Florida-St. Petersburg Lib.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
[A] great strength of Bonner's superb book is its grasp of the many and distinct strands that have gone into the skein of medical education... This study will long remain definitive.(Roy Porter Nature)
A sweeping comparative analysis of medical education... For readers interested in seeing the big picture, Becoming a Physician offers by far the best available view.(Ronald L. Numbers Journal of the American Medical Association)
A work of considerable scholarship... Bonner has made an important contribution to our understanding of the shaping of medical education in the past and the influence of that history on medical schools today.(Gert H. Brieger New England Journal of Medicine)
An encyclopedic history of Western medical education... Bonner presents the evolving and eclectic patterns with extraordinary detail as he skillfully weaves together the British, French, German and American experiences.(USA Today)
Thomas Neville Bonner's history of medical education is a change fromthe purely naitonal history of medical education, and a refreshing contrast to the all-too-common anniversary history of a single school... an accessible study [that] offers other scholars an easy introduction into a thriving field of historical research.(Jonathan Reinarz,French History)
A lucid map of the changes in pedagogy over two hundred years in four major centres of learning in the western world. While Bonner has a masterly grasp of the extensive literature and his own research is impressive, the real strength of the work lies in his insistence on reviewing medical training as a public and social undertaking and in his heroic attempt to explain the reasons for regional differences, particularly in terms of national political and cultural structures.(Louella Vaughan English Historical Review)
Becoming a Physician is a highly valuable book, absolutely necessary to anyone who is interested in the history of medicine and history of education... it is a major resource in medical history.(Jacques Poirier Europe Review)