Publication date:

26 November 2013

Length of book:

494 pages


University of Delaware Press

ISBN-13: 9781611494662

The medical profession is rich in those who have made names for themselves outside of medicine. The fields of literature, exploration, business, sport, entertainment, and beyond abound with doctors whose interests lie outside medicine. This book, largely written by members of the medical profession, examines the efforts of doctors in non-medical fields. The doctors discussed here are those who are, or were, well-known to the public for their contributions to their non-medical fields of choice. In many cases, the public may have been unaware that a subject was medically qualified. This book provides wide-ranging and comprehensive biographical sketches of forty-two doctors who are best known to the public for their contributions to fields outside of medicine.
Doctors of Another Calling, edited by Cooper, is a type of reference book. More than 25 professional contributors, most with medical degrees, provide brief profiles of selected physicians as well as a few key individuals who studied medicine but made contributions in numerous other disciplines, such as literature and the arts, politics, and nonmedical science fields. The 40-plus biographies average about ten pages in length and are in chronological order starting with the apostle Luke. The youngest physician presented in the collection is contemporary novelist Khaled Hosseini. Other noteworthy individuals featured include Dante, Roger Bannister, Keats, Che Guevara, and A. J. Cronin, to mention a few. Each account covers the dual life of the male personage considered. No women are identified. Entries contain sources for further readings and portraits of the respective individuals. A valuable resource for history of medicine collections. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels.