June 1957

The Happy Life of a Doctor.

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By Roger I. Lee, M.D. Price, $4. Pp. 278. Little, Brown & Company, 34 Beacon St., Boston 6, 1956.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;99(6):1015-1016. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260060175019

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Doctors may write freely about how to invest profits, how they have managed to become such a great success, the general decline of medicine, or the dance of death. They write a great variety of scientific papers, books, monographs, and essays. Autobiography by doctors is rarer, perhaps, because it carries more than the average risk which resides in autobiography. If authors are successful physicians, they may actually come to believe what patients tell them, scarcely realizing that what masquerades as worldly wisdom is probably intellectual innocence. Still, a perceptive medical autobiography may give the reader an opportunity to get some insights into why people study medicine and how they become successful enough to see that a chronicle of their lives would be of some use and interest. Few doctors are willing to search their souls, and few who have done so are willing to share the findings with the world.

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