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September 14, 1979

J. Englebert Dunphy, MD: humor and healing

JAMA. 1979;242(11):1122-1128. doi:10.1001/jama.1979.03300110006004

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You can take a Massachusetts Irishman out of Boston, but you can't take the Boston blarney out of a Massachusetts Celt.

Though San Francisco is now home for surgeon John Englebert Dunphy, MD, born in Northampton, Mass, a leprechaun yet lurks under his desk.

At 71, when he's not telling stories, "Bert" Dunphy is working as hard as ever in his "new" job. Since his "retirement" as chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, he has been associate chief of staff for education at San Francisco's Veterans Administration Hospital.

In his spare time, he has written a fourth edition of his Physical Examination of the Surgical Patient, a fourth edition of his Current Surgical Diagnosis and Treatment (both bibles for the surgical resident), and edited two new textbooks, Scientific Foundations of Surgery and Scientific Foundations of General Prac- tice.

"Born leader" Dunphy additionally has