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A little more than a year ago I reviewed Medical Education in the United States and Canada (1910), Medical Education—A Comparative Study (1925), and I Remember: The Autobiography of Abraham Flexner (1940). Reading these three books was a memorable experience, a return to original sources in preparation for presenting the Abraham Flexner Award of the Association of American Medical Colleges to Dr. A. N. Richards. I had been in the large company of persons who often quoted or referred to The Flexner Report, but had not actually read it. After this concentrated exposure to Flexner I determined to write him a letter. In it I avowed my hero worship and said some things customarily reserved for obituary notices. For example, I expressed my confident opinion that Abraham Flexner and John Shaw Billings would "be remembered as the great men in American medicine during the heroic years of its rising out
Bean WB. Abraham Flexner, an Autobiography: A Complete Revision Brought Up to Date of the Author's "I Remember.". Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(3):461-462. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620030149022