September 1958


AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;102(3):508. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00030010508030

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