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January 23/30, 2002

EvolutionThe Man Who Found the Missing Link: Eugene Dubois and His Lifelong Quest to Prove Darwin Right

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


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by Pat Shipman, 528 pp, with illus, $28, ISBN 0-684-8558-X, New York, NY, Simon & Schuster, 2001.

JAMA. 2002;287(4):523-524. doi:10.1001/jama.287.4.523-JBK0123-3-1

The history of medicine is replete with physicians who have used their training and degrees to go off on scientific tangents more or less connected to our profession. One of the most famous was Galileo Galilei, who spent two years studying medicine before branching off to concentrate on mathematics and philosophy. However, his medical training served him in good stead, and he never regretted these early studies. In the 19th century Dr Thomas Huxley, the Victorian polymath, also graduated as a physician before turning to the field of evolution and becoming "Darwin's bulldog."

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