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January 5, 1963

Navy Surgeon.

JAMA. 1963;183(1):75. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700010115029

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Autobiography, even if it can tell only part of the truth, has a fascination, for it reveals a person's judgment of what he thinks his own life and experience may contain of general interest and importance. Every man is important to himself. Pugh's experiences in World War I and his later decision to enter the Naval Medical Corps are described with feeling. The latter part of his life, one of steady progression upward in Navy medical affairs, led to his appointment as Surgeon General of the Navy in the 1950's when the Korean affair gave new urgency to the routines of Naval medical matters.

This is a warm story, liberally sprinkled with interesting tales, flashes of wit, and relatively little name dropping, that dangerous occupational hazard of biographers whom fate brought into contact with important people of their time. The book is unevenly written and would have been greatly improved

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