September 1956

The Inquisitive Physician: The Life and Times of George Richards Minot, A.B., M.D., D.Sc.

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By Francis M. Rackemann, M.D. Price, $5. Pp. 288. Harvard University Press, Cambridge 38, Mass., 1956.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;98(3):387-388. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250270131023

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Everyone who knew George Richards Minot recognizes that he was a remarkable man Physicians and others who learn about him from reading this story of his life and times by his close friend and distant relative, Francis Minot Rackemann, will surely agree. Were the Nobel-prize-winning discovery of the liver treatment of pernicious anemia by him and his colleagues his only contribution, some would say this was not sufficient for true greatness; but such was not the case. The reader will find that his studies of many blood and nutritional diseases remain today the definitive investigations; that his consideration of the social, economic, and emotional factors of disease following in the tradition of Francis Weld Peabody was far ahead of his time; and that his contributions to medical education both in theory and in training a host of our present day professors of medicine was perhaps his most important contribution. These

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