PA History Book

The PA History Society’s book, The Physician Assistant: An Illustrated History, is a concise history of the people, places, and events that have propelled the concept of the physician assistant from its inception at Duke University in 1965 to its position as a major force in American medicine today. It is an excellent educational resource for anyone interested in learning about the history of the PA profession.  Special Pricing for PA Programs, PAs and Constituent Organizations:

–  $12 each (retail price, $15.95), plus shipping*

–  $10 each, plus shipping*, for orders of 15 or more books — perfect for PA programs!

*A single book purchase is $12.00 + $2.75 for shipping = $14.75

*If you are purchasing multiple books, please email the office before placing your order or submitting payment, to receive the correct shipping amount. 

New! There is now an eBook version of The Physician Assistant: An Illustrated History. You may order your Kindle version of the book through by clicking here.

To Order The Physician Assistant: An Illustrated History book(s):

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–  Email or call the PA History Society office (678-417-8682)

– Download the order form and Fax to (678-783-7789)


The South College, School of Physician Assistant Studies program has adopted ‘The physician Assistant: An Illustrated History’ as the main text for our graduate course on Physician Assistant History (PAs 5450). This text offers the best compliance with the standard regarding teaching physician assistant history. In addition, the table of contents offers our faculty an opportunity to establish an outstanding formatting of outcomes for the course. Our class of 72 students have found this text combined with the PAHx website an essential tool in teaching this course. During our recent annual curriculum review both students and faculty felt it offers the best evidence for understanding the PA profession. We will continue to use this text as the primary tool for this course.

– Ken Harbert, PHD, MHA, PA, DFAAPA
Professor & Dean
South College School of Physician Assistant Studies


“The Illustrated History is a great way for students to learn about our profession’s history all in one resource. It is important that students realize where the profession originated from in order to appropriately advocate for our profession. We provide the book to our students as a gift during their orientation, and we refer to it during our didactic series on professional practice.”

– Kristin Thomson, RPA-C, MHS
Director, Associate Professor
Touro PA Program – Manhattan Campus

PA History Book