Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing Editor, JAMADavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by Allen D. Spiegel, 372 pp, $35, ISBN 0-86554-739-4, Macon, Ga, Mercer University Press, 2002.
The wealth of information in A. Lincoln, Esquire enlightens us as to Abraham Lincoln's years before the presidency as a practicing lawyer. At first glance, it would seem that the book has little to do with medicine, but, on the contrary, 10 of its 13 chapters deal with medical topics.
Lincoln practiced law for 24 years, mainly in the Circuit Court of Illinois. He was anything but a backwoods country lawyer. He developed a reputation as a rainmaker as he voraciously acquired new business for his law firm. He was so busy that he spent most of his time in litigation and had only a negligible office practice.
LincolnA. Lincoln, Esquire: A Shrewd, Sophisticated Lawyer in His Time. JAMA. 2002;288(23):3049. doi:10.1001/jama.288.23.3049