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September 15, 1923

Translation of Selected Passages from de l'Auscultation Médiate. (First Edition).

JAMA. 1923;81(11):951. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650110081050

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Twenty-five pages are devoted to an excellent life of Laënnec. This brief biographic sketch is more than a mere list of names and facts. It makes of Laënnec a living personality. His appearance, his surroundings, his character, his acts, his ideals are set forth with remarkable distinctness. The selections have been made with good judgment. The fact that we are dealing with a translation is forgotten, for the editor has not only caught the spirit of the French author but has rendered his words into clear, idiomatic, virile English that reads with natural ease and smoothness. Hale-White has performed a service of real value. He has made easily available to those who do not read French readily some of the best of the writings of the great pathologist and clinician who lived the life and wrote the book that had such a remarkable influence in shaping medical practice and thought

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