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June 17, 1944

Hope Deferred

JAMA. 1944;125(7):525. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850250065037

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Any one who studied medicine in the city of Chicago will have entertainment reading this novel. It tells about a boy from the country who came to Chicago to study medicine and of the other boys who came from the homes of the wealthy and were assembled, as is usual, into what constitutes an average medical class. The reader goes with them through the final examinations, the internships and residencies, and sees them overcome the trials of the medical life or succumb to their inability to meet the standards. This is a good "doctor" novel. It has romance, which is not however the prime feature of the book. The hero of this book is medicine. Those people who like their stories all wrapped up and brought to a satisfactory conclusion will be a little dissatisfied that the book ends with the coming of war and the questions that war raises.

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