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August 10, 1940

As I Remember Him: The Biography of R. S.

JAMA. 1940;115(6):481. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810320061029

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Already widely celebrated by numerous reviews in literary publications, this volume by Dr. Hans Zinsser may be recommended as required reading for every young physician who wishes inspiration, and for every older physician who can appreciate the best in the field of medical literary contributions. It was selected by the Book of the Month Club as its choice for July.

Assuming a somewhat unusual technic, Dr. Zinsser discusses his own life as if it were that of a dear friend with whom he was intimate. The flavor of the book is that of soft reminiscence, modified by writing full of strength, modified by scientific historical records, modified by philosophic cogitation, all of which makes it extraordinary beyond any other personal memoirs that have become available. Comparison may be odious, but this autobiography stands high above any of the popular autobiographic contributions to medicine that have regaled the public during the

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