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The editor of this anthology used three criteria for selecting the contents: interest of subject, excellence of writing, and pleasure in reading. That he has been successful can be judged from the fact that there unquestionably is something of interest and appeal—either in the nature of the subject matter or in the distinctive style of the contributing authors—to most medical readers who wish to make excursions into fields divorced from routine medical reading. An inkling of the range of this book can be gained by a perusal of several of the chapter titles: Sherlock Holmes as a Dermatologist; Showmanship in Medical Teaching; Therapeutic Art; Medical Stamps; Superior Clinical Acumen of the Old Physicians: A Myth; Medicine and the Bible; and Caritas Medici. This anthology should provide intellectual pleasure and satisfaction for its readers.
The Doctor Writes: An Anthology of the Unusual in Current Medical Literature. JAMA. 1954;156(7):749. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950070077026