November 1967

It All Started with Hippocrates: A Mercifully Brief History of Medicine.

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Iowa City


By Richard Armour. Price, $3.95. Pp. 136, with many illustrations. McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1966.

Arch Intern Med. 1967;120(5):635-636. doi:10.1001/archinte.1967.00300040119023

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Probably nothing is quite as good about what is inside this book as the title, but it is a cheerfully whimsical treatise, dealing with the foibles of doctors, the foibles of patients, and the foibles of history by the very prolific Richard Armour. He has contributed items by the thousands to some 150 magazines in the United States and England and has swelled the inky logorrhea with a total of some 32 books. This is intensely light, fluffy, and gay though there are not many belly laughs for the doctor. It bubbles with mirth and good humor. Taken a little at a time it will unwrinkle the care-knotted brow and make even the gloomiest, smile. As with most such things it is best savored briefly and at intervals. A good companion for the waiting room or bedside shelf but to be taken in small doses with the tincture of

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