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There are two reasons for writing a book: to amuse or to instruct. The last two hundred pages of "Let's Operate" are instructive to the general public, so thoroughly so that I fear they will not be read. The first fifty pages contain interesting reminiscences. From this point the next hundred pages are the only part of the book from which the name could be derived and the only part referred to on the jacket. The book is not amusing or instructive. It is vicious teaching that there are not nearly as many unselfish physicians as there are incompetent ones. I do not believe it, and have as much basis for my opinion as has Dr. McKay.
The medical profession is made up of human beings with the same proportion of the saint and the scoundrel as is found in any other field of work, be it the ministry or
Let's Operate. Arch NeurPsych. 1933;29(4):929–930. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1933.02240100248021
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