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August 24, 1964

Foxes and Physic

JAMA. 1964;189(8):648. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070080054032

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Abstract

Few middle-aged surgeons on active military duty have spent much time hunting on the slopes near the "Little Hill of Hermon." Geoffrey Sparrow obviously enjoyed this experience, as he has relished most of the events in his 75 years. Sparrow, the product of a Victorian home, completed his medical work at Cambridge just before the first World War. He served in the eastern Mediterranean and went into private practice after the war. When the second war broke out he again entered active service.

Foxes and Physic (the word order is significant) recounts in text and illustration Sparrow's varied and busy life. He has a light touch with the pointed anecdote; both military and governmental functionaries receive a thorough going over. The illustrations are by the author and form a charming complement to the text; his drawings of natives and animals are simple but perceptive.

Throughout his military and civilian careers

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