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The readers of the Archives of Internal Medicine who did not know John Bamber Hickam personally may not fully appreciate why an entire issue of The Archives has been designed as a scientific memorial to him. It is the intent of this note to share our appreciation of him as a friend and teacher so that the articles which have been collected in this symposium will be read with an interest in the work of the man as well as of the discipline. There are also many readers of The ARCHIVES whose professional careers in active practice may not have led them to be familiar with the details of academic medicine; for them, John's career is recounted at some length.
The first impression that John evoked when you met him in his office, on the wards, at scientific meetings, in his laboratory, or in his home was one of cheerfulness,
M.D.B. . John Bamber Hickam. Arch Intern Med. 1971;127(4):569-570. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310160047003