September 6, 1952

Between Two Worlds: The Memoirs of a Physician

Author Affiliations

By Benjamin L. Gordon, M.D. Cloth. $4. Pp. 354, with portrait. Bookman Associates, 42 Broadway, New York 4, 1952.

JAMA. 1952;150(1):63. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680010069038

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The medical aspects of this book are overshadowed by the author's interest in the orthodox Jewish religion and in Zionism. The latter two subjects, as seen through the author's eyes, should be of considerable interest to all Jewish readers and to those who are not of Jewish descent but desire to improve their background of understanding of this highly intelligent, proud, and sensitive people.

From the medical standpoint, one would wish that every physician would share Dr. Gordon's viewpoint: "I have been brought up with the idea that knowledge, for its own sake, was the end —not merely the means.... When I entered medical school, and during my college years, my aim was to become a learned physician. I took as my models some members of the faculty whom I admired for their wisdom. It seldom, if ever, occurred to me that the medical profession was a means of acquiring

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