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The Book Forum
June 1, 1964

A Savage Place

JAMA. 1964;188(9):835. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060350061039

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Abstract

Most doctors of my acquaintance shun all the "mutation" forms of opera, whether these be saponified, equine, or merely clinical. They tread a wary course through the highly obstacled channels of television and hardly ever read any nonprofessional medical books. The fictional ennoblement (or bastardization, as the case may be) of medical practitioners can be trying.

Yet every doctor who carries around his own unwritten manuscript of the great medical novel in his imaginary literary portfolio (and who among us does not) owes it to himself to read at least one of this able surgeon-novelist's painless books, preferably the latest. Dr. Slaughter writes with refreshing, if dramatized, authenticity. His clear, easily readable style has something of the surgeon's precise and tidy technique. This book, rapidly paced, narrates the conversion of a small-town proprietary hospital into a voluntary one by a newly appointed, board-certified staff surgeon. The entrenched prophylactic surgeons thought

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