By André Maurois. Translated by Gerard Hopkins. Price, $5. Pp. 293, with 10 pages of illustrations. E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 286-302 4th Ave., New York 10, 1959.
To make medical biography or any biography accord with the truth and at the same time be a worthy literary effort is supremely difficult. Perhaps this is especially true of medical autobiography. A few medical biographies or autobiographies have become classics. One calls to mind Daniel Drake's "Letters" to his children, Cushing's "Life" of Osler, Gross' "Autobiography," Mrs. Hope's "Life" of Dr. Hope, Trudeau's "Autobiography," and Zinnser's "As I Remember Him." Others can add their own favorites. Maurois' "Life of Sir Alexander Fleming" is sure to take its position in the first rank of classics of medical biography. Here is the happy conjunction of an altogether worthy subject and a writer who ranks as a genius in the field of biography. Gerard Hopkins' translation is so smooth that scarcely a French idiom is distinguishable. André Maurois, whose "Lives" of Byron, Chateaubriand, George Sand, Victor Hugo, and others are accepted as
Bean WB. The Life of Sir Alexander Fleming.. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1960;105(1):168-169. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.00270130184022