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May 30, 1936

A Doctor's Odyssey: A Sentimental Record of Le Roy Crummer: Physician, Author, Bibliophile, Artist in Living, 1872-1934

JAMA. 1936;106(22):1943-1944. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770220079030

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Abstract

Had Le Roy Crummer not begun to collect old medical books in 1917 he would be remembered chiefly as a prominent practitioner of medicine, some would say the leading internist in Omaha. This prominence was not accidental; he was well qualified to succeed. He was the son of an able, cultured physician, had had a good education in this country and in Europe, was industrious, showed interest in his patients as human beings and not alone as cases, and had an attractive personality and the bearing of a gentleman. He was popular as a teacher. At society meetings or at consultations he was helpful because of his store of knowledge, his skill in diagnosis, his sound advice. With colleagues as with patients he made friendships through his cameraderie. Even his frank and sometimes caustic comments, or his sarcastic and epigrammatic criticisms, were robbed of much of the sting by his

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