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October 15, 1938

The Horse and Buggy Doctor

JAMA. 1938;111(16):1496. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790420076027

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Now and then a book by a physician is selected to be the "book of the month" by those who make these choices. This autobiography by Arthur E. Hertzler is well chosen, for it is so human, so vital, so sensitive, so reasonable and so direct that it captures the interest, if not the complete sympathy, of those who read it. Dr. Hertzler has seen life at first hand. As nearly, apparently, as it can be done he has combined the personality of the old family doctor with the science and knowledge of the modern physician. He has been successful, but not beyond his merit, and he has been happy because he has done the work that he wished to do without considering too much what others thought about him and his work. Although untrained in psychoanalysis, he knows his people and he probably gets results like those achieved by

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