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Book and Media Reviews
December 13, 2006

Nuclear Medicine Memoir

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(22):2737-2742. doi:10.1001/jama.296.22.2737

Henry Nicholas Wagner, Jr, MD, teacher, scholar, historian, investigator, and (when he is really in the groove) spellbinding speaker, was not just present but was also a catalyst for the creation of a medical discipline. A Personal History of Nuclear Medicine is his autobiography.

Dr Wagner was born May 20, 1927 (eight days before Lindberg flew to Paris), attended Calvert Hall schools from grades 5 through 12, and spent many summers at a camp run by St Martin's church of Baltimore (a place with tents, one hand pump for cold water, hot water made by leaving buckets of cold water in the sun, and a major emphasis on sports). In his elementary and high school years during the Depression, he felt appreciation for his parents: “We knew that our parents were devoted to our well being and to our achieving success in later life.” However, Wagner also indicates that

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