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May 1962

Henry S. Pritchett: A Biography

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By Abraham Flexner. Price, $2.75. Pp. 211, with 3 illustrations. Columbia University Press, 2960 Broadway, New York 27, 1943.

Arch Intern Med. 1962;109(5):631-632. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620170129023

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People in academic life, academic medicine especially, may wonder sometimes about the origin of the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America. Who was behind it? How did it develop? I picked up a copy of Flexner's Biography of Pritchett more because I wanted to see how Flexner made out as a biographer than because of any particular yearning to know more about Pritchett. This book, written in a very matter of fact way, one might almost say in an austere style, gives the salient points of the life of a man who helped Andrew Carnegie put a great many of his benefactions to work to better the lot of academic people in this country. Pritchett is an excellent example of a person rising from a very unpretentious origin, a state of affairs also well exemplified by the Flexner family. Pritchett grew up in 'Mizoura,' as he called it, during

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