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July 31, 1937

An American Doctor's Odyssey

JAMA. 1937;109(5):386. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780310064034

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Abstract

To review a volume which has already sold almost 200,000 copies is what the writers of rubber type remarks would call a work of supererogation. In this volume Dr. Heiser has been able to dramatize successfully the great campaign against epidemics of infectious disease in which, as a representative of the International Health Board, he has been a leader for many years. With the fine sense of the dramatic, a delicate sense of humor and a simplicity and sincerity of expression which are unique among writers in the health field, he has been able to attract great numbers of readers. No doubt much of the attractiveness of the book lies in the fact that the first person is used throughout, so that we feel ourselves part of the remarkable adventures that are depicted and thereby journey vicariously with Dr. Heiser into the far places of this world. The geniality, the

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