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May 31, 1952

The Physician as Man of Letters, Science and Action

JAMA. 1952;149(5):523. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930220113033

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The second edition of this book consists of an expanded compilation of pithy biographical sketches of physicians who distinguished themselves in ways other than in the practice of medicine. Although most of the biographies hold more interest for the English than for the American reader, one looks in vain for mention of two physician-writers who, born in the British Isles, are household names in the English-American reading world, namely W. Somerset Maugham and A. J. Cronin, and for the inclusion of Harvey Cushing among the sparse group of American medical men. In general, however, this book serves as a useful and readable source of concentrated information.

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