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May 1968

The Difficult Art of Giving; The Epic of Alan Gregg.

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San Francisco

Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(5):476-477. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640050086023

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In his Epic of Alan Gregg, Wilder Penfield has contributed another to the short list of masterful medical biographies; it matches the standards set by Cushing's Life of Osler and Fulton's Cushing. It is truly a labor of love; every page of which is a testimony of the author's admiration and devotion for his long-time friend and benefactor. Like Alan Gregg, Penfield seems to have a passion for euphonious language and felicitous expression. His book which extols the literary proclivities of his colleague possesses a remarkable beauty of style truly worthy of its subject. In bringing to light the nobility of Gregg, Penfield adds luster to his own impressive stature.

It would be doing an injustice to the inspired biographer and the prospective reader to paraphrase Gregg's life in any detail beyond a broad outline of the major divisions of his life. Hence, it will only be said that shortly

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