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It may seem presumptuous to introduce Wilder Penfield to a medical audience. My life and times among students of medicine and house officers has let me know how soon we forget famous men. Director of the Montreal Neurological Institute since it opened in 1934 until his retirement a decade ago, this humanist, neurophysiologist, neurosurgeon, author is as busy as ever with his second career. This book of essays measures his development in this exacting work.
The book takes its title from an address given before the Canadian Club of Montreal in 1959. He says of this second career, in another essay ("The Approach to Authorship"), "I know now that the mastery of the creative art of writing is like infinity, a thing to be forever approached. I am content to be making that approach and to call it a second career." Exactly! But he tells the graduating class and their
Aring CD. The Second Career.. Arch Neurol. 1964;10(6):637–638. doi:10.1001/archneur.1964.00460180103013