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December 14, 1935

Some Thoughts of a Doctor

JAMA. 1935;105(24):2012. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760500064035

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These essays, thirty-one in number, range from such subjects as "Nature and God" and "The Rights of Nations" to "The Gambling Spirit" and "Exercise, Work, Rest and Sleep." They represent the meditations of a scholarly physician over various aspects of life and living. The same breadth of information which the author has shown in his medical writing is exemplified in his essays on subjects far removed from medicine. Many of them are reminiscent of Osler's treatises, though they are highly individual and original in thought. While the writer lacks an engaging literary style, the essays are stimulating. The physician will enjoy taking issue or agreeing with the author on the many subjects he has treated provocatively.

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