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September 25, 1926

Sorrell and Son.

JAMA. 1926;87(13):1058. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680130072041

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More and more, as the public begins to learn about medicine, the writers of fiction seem to realize that the life of the physician offers excellent material for dramatic portrayal. Occasionally the novelists dealing with medicine are accurate in their depiction of life. All too often, however, the novelist tells of things as they seem or as he thinks they ought to be, rather than as they are. A few writers whose contact with medicine was or has been intimate have developed medical characters of striking accuracy; one mentions Flaubert, Sinclair Lewis and Balzac. In many instances, physicians themselves have been the novelists. As might be expected, the characters they portray have a realism beyond that even of the inspired novelist. Checkhov, Holmes, Mitchell, Maugham and Young are a few of the men graduated in medicine whose contributions to the fiction field have achieved international fame. To this imposing group

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