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Of real historical value, this fascinating story should be a great source of inspiration and stimulation to medical students and young clinicians. It is simply and modestly told and provides the reader with a beautiful illustration of how to grow old gracefully. It covers a phenomenal period of growth in medical knowledge through research, in medical education and in clinical practice.
After graduation from the University of Michigan, Dr. Herrick taught languages in high school. During his engagement, "the prospect of a happy successful married life seemed to us greater if I became a physician rather than a teacher. Never during more than sixty years have we questioned the wisdom of our decision." Dr. Herrick became a physician and teacher and served both professions with distinction. He emphasizes, quite amusingly, his mistakes but slurs over his successes and contributions, most notable of which were the differentiation of coronary occlusion with
Memories of Eighty Years.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1950;86(1):163-164. doi:10.1001/archinte.1950.00230130185014