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April 20, 1964

"... and Read What Books I Please"

Author Affiliations


Librarian and Professor of Medical Bibliography, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago.

JAMA. 1964;188(3):284-285. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060290088031

WHAT did you do the last time you were at the airport and the announcer called loudly, "Flight 377 will not depart until 8:25; there will be a further announcement"? If you reacted in the usual way you probably growled some uncomplimentary epithets at the airline and then marched over to the newsstand for a paper or a magazine. This is one method of selecting nonmedical reading, but it is rarely satisfactory. The obvious drawback is that you probably have subscriptions to the only magazines on the stand that you might want to read. If you had been prepared, you could reach into your coat pocket and pull out A. J. Corcoran's delightful and varied anthology, A Mirror up to Medicine. In this conveniently sized volume you will find many perceptive and stimulating passages selected with the physician in mind. The major danger is that the reader might become so absorbed that he could

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