The life of every physician contains the matter for a novel, a biography, or an autobiography.
In this book by Perry Pepper called "Old Doc" we have blended into a smooth
unit elements of all three. This book purports to be the tale of Old Doc when retired from
a full-time career as physician in a city hospital, recently widowed, and assailed by the
intense loneliness of old age compounded by the loneliness of a big city. While the author
wisely denies that any person living or dead forms the basis for the book, certainly Old Doc,
despite the disclaimer and his different physical characteristics, is a good alter ego for Perry
Pepper. While Old Doc chides his own garrulity, this charming book is not overloquacious.
It abounds with lore of medical practice in times gone by, when the horse and buggy were
being supplanted by the horseless buggy. Then
Bean WB. Books. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;102(3):508. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00030010508030