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July 24, 1948

A Doctor in the House

JAMA. 1948;137(13):1174. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890470074045

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The author of this interesting book of medical reminiscences has a style well adapted to a public audience. The book is essentially an autobiography of its author, who has been for some years a general practitioner. His career brought him into contact with many leaders of medicine, particularly in the East. There are accounts of medical service in World War I, of the relationship of doctors to patients and medical bills, and some special discussions of child care and allergy. His chapter dwelling on the physician as a writer will be an inspiration to every young physician with similar ambitions. Unfortunately Dr. Pleasants believes that young men can be encouraged to practice in rural areas by educating a poorer quality of physicians who will enter medical school directly from the high school. Actually he believes that the way to get more physicians into the rural areas is to make medical

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