July 1966

Homer William Smith: His Scientific and Literary Achievements.

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Edited by Herbert Chasis and William Goldring. Price, $4.50. Pp 282, with 17 illustrations. New York University Press, Washington Sq, New York 10003, 1965.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(1):93-94. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290130095024

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The editors of this attractively published book have done the medical and larger scientific community a valuable service in collecting in one volume stimulating examples of the extraordinary range and fertility seen in the writings of Homer William Smith. The editors have fortunately limited to a few pages the conventional laudatory remarks and eloquent statements about the importance of Smith's work before the man is allowed to speak for himself through ample and well-selected quotations from his many writings. The 14 chapters quoted from previously published works start with Smith's autobiography covering his boyhood years, extend through three chapters presenting classic statements in renal physiology, continue with a variety of lighter writings and philosophical discussions, and end with chapters quoting from Smith's Man and His Gods, The End of Illusion, and Kamongo. The selections illustrate not only the versatility and breadth of Smith's interests but, more noteworthy, his competency

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