Never have I found a book that has made me say this was made for me with more enthusiasm than Keen Minds to Explore the Dark Continents of Disease ,the history of the Massachusetts General Hospital’s pathology service. Working its way from the department’s founding in 1896 to MGH’s bicentennial in 2011 the book expertly lays out the development of each sub-department and the biographies of the various individuals Wright, Mallory, Castleman and myriad others who built the foundations not only of the department but the field of pathology as a whole. While I initially surprised that such a book existed I really should not have been as in retrospect, a volume of this kind is very much in line with the pathologists’ mind frame. A key result of this book is to humanize a number of individuals who through their own success have been reduced in the minds of many to mere eponyms for their discoveries. As commented on in a recent post on the Pathologist “slide under the microscope or the sample in the analyzer isn’t simply a specimen. It’s a person. The test results you are providing aren’t just words on a chart; they’re directives about how to handle a life…that extends well beyond the laboratory.” The centrality of this type of mind frame is underscored by the fact that MGH is not unique in engaging with its history in depth. Johns Hopkins has conducted a similar exercise in the form of a YouTube video. While less publically available, I have also attended resident developed lectures at CCF which also reflect this study of institutional and specialty-based history. As I started exploring residency programs, it has been incredibly heartening to find that my passion and academic focus on medical history is mirrored by the top programs in my chosen field.