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October 1948

Four Hundred Years of a Doctor's Life.

Arch NeurPsych. 1948;60(4):428. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1948.02310040099011

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The authors are both doctors of medicine and professional writers, with an obvious broad knowledge of doctors, history and language. The book is written not for the scientist but, rather, for the doctor who has had time to develop his own philosophy. The style combines the perspective of four hundred years with intimate close-ups in the form of extracts from the writings of the doctor subjects themselves.

The book is divided into ten parts, as follows: (1) Early Years; (2) School Days; (3) The Medical Student; (4) Practice of Medicine; (5) Scientist, Scholar, Teacher; (6) The Doctor Marries; (7) Doctor as Patient; (8) Doctor Goes to War; (9) Writing and Politics; (10) Reflections on Life and Death. There is a bibliography but no index.

This work makes delightful fireside reading. It gives the reader a feeling of intimacy with the characters and a perspective of medicine, with much to think