Order Out Of Chaos
John Shaw Billings and America's Coming of Age

Carleton B. Chapman

1994, xvi+420pp., Illus., ISBN 0-88135-187-3, $28.95

Order Out Of Chaos

Tells the quintessentially American story of Billings and his achievements in gripping fashion, with glimpses of his defects as well as his virtues.


“…every reader interested in the subject will appreciate the book with its sidelights on historical events, its many illustrations, and its index.” –Gesnerus

“Carleton Chapman (and his ever supportive wife) devoted ten arduous years to mastering the mountains of Billing’s work and to appreciating the alpine personality that defined the life of John Shaw Billings. The result is a magnificent tribute to this remarkable surgeon and to Chapman who has left us such a worthy and fascinating Memoir.” –Annals of Surgery

“This is a well-written biography which will hold wide appeal to myriad audiences.” –Nursing History Review