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June 7, 2000

ChestFraser and Paré's Diagnosis of Diseases of the Chest, vols 1-4

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by R. S. Fraser, Neil Colman, Nestor L. Müller, and P. D. Paré, 4th ed, 3251 pp, with illus, $395, ISBN 0-7216-6194-7, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1999.

JAMA. 2000;283(21):2850. doi:10.1001/jama.283.21.2850-JBK0607-2-1

The term "accurate memory," particularly accurate distant memory, is arguably an oxymoron. This thought occurred to me as I was perusing the title page and preface to the new (fourth) edition of Fraser and Paré's Diagnosis of Diseases of the Chest, by Fraser, Müller, Colman, and Paré. The first edition was published in 1970, nearly 30 years ago; at that time I had just finished my pulmonary fellowship (no critical care linkage back then) under the aegis of an autocratic (but weren't all division chiefs autocratic at that time?), robinesque mentor.

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