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October 11, 2000

Walter B. CannonWalter B. Cannon: Science and Society

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Elin L. Wolfe, A. Clifford Barger, and Saul Benison, 644 pp, with illus, $30, ISBN 0-674-00251-2, Cambridge, Mass, Harvard University Press, 2000.

JAMA. 2000;284(14):1854-1855. doi:10.1001/jama.284.14.1854-JBK1011-3-1

But weightier still are the contentment which comes from work well done, the sense of the value of science for its own sake, insatiable curiosity and, above all, the pleasure of masterly performance and of the chase. These are the effective forces which move the scientist.—L. J. Henderson1

Thirteen years have passed since students of Walter B. Cannon received the first part of the biography by Elin Wolfe, Clifford Barger, and Saul Benison. That volume, subtitled The Life and Times of a Young Scientist, traced Cannon's path from his Midwestern origins through midcareer in Harvard's Department of Physiology. This new second volume, Walter B. Cannon: Science and Society, revisits the middle and later years, demonstrating how forces around and within Cannon shaped the man, his career, and modern science.

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