January 1954

The Doctors Jacobi.

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By Rhoda Truax. Price, $3.50. Pp. 270. Little, Brown & Company, 34 Beacon St., Boston 6, 1952.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;87(1):126. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050090126029

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In recent years, a number of biographies of leading physicians appeared in English literature. Semmelweis, Ehrlich, and Cajal have been the subject of books. The author of the volume under consideration wrote on Lister. "The Doctors Jacobi" makes a valuable addition to medical biography. Although the author is not a physician, she gives an accurate account of the medical achievements of Dr. Abraham Jacobi, the father of American pediatrics, and of his wife, Mary Putnam Jacobi, who made notable contributions to neurology and to the medical education of women in this country. The author must have done a great deal of research on the subject, as the data is quite accurate. In many cases, she documents her statements in the form of notes at the end of the book.

Miss Truax has given not only the medical aspects of the work of the "Doctors Jacobi," but also the story of

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