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For the past 40 years Dr J. Willis Hurst has been among the leaders of a discipline that has grown from a small and exclusive club of academic clinicians to the largest subspecialty of internal medicine, with several independent tracks of technically demanding diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Retiring from administrative duties and relinquishing the chief editorship of the classic textbook The Heart has freed Dr Hurst to do what he does best, dividing a full day's work into the consulting practice of cardiology, teaching, and professional and journalistic writing.
The 46 pieces assembled in the collection Essays from the Heart, and ranging in length from a single paragraph to several pages, represent mostly modified excerpts from previously published articles, addresses, and position papers. The subjects break down roughly into two groups, medical autobiography and the basic philosophy of teaching medicine to students and physicians.
In 1955, Dr Hurst was the
Surawicz B. Essays From the Heart. JAMA. 1995;274(8):660. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530080076051