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To those who long knew and loved the man, who appreciated the fertility and the versatility of his mind, who were familiar with his work as it appeared and who looked forward eagerly to each new development, it is still a revelation to scan the 1,400 pages of the two volume "Collected Writings" of Alfred Hess. After a foreword by Mrs. Hess and a sympathetic biographic memoir by his friend Abraham Flexner in collaboration with E. A. Park, there are in chronological order nearly 200 papers, with 43 omitted "in order that the volumes should not be too cumbersome."
The work is a marvelous record of achievement dominated by a personality that was in many ways unique. It is no mere posthumous tribute when Park says that Hess was "the foremost investigator among pediatricians in this country. There was no one else who could possibly be compared with him. He
Collected Writings.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1937;59(4):754–755. doi:10.1001/archinte.1937.00170200196015