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March 8, 1941

Fifty Years in Medicine

JAMA. 1941;116(10):1034. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820100128034

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Dr. "Joe" Beck thought vaguely for some time about writing the story of his life, and then one day he decided to do it. His book is different in that it reflects far more of the great men with whom he came in contact than of the intimate details of his own career. Indeed it begins with brief sketches of medical masters known particularly to the Chicago area. His modesty leads him to have his boyhood days described by his wife. This is perhaps one of the best chapters in the book. It is followed by a chapter on his medical life and an account of his family and his travels. Then come studies of various well known otolaryngologists and of organizations in the field of otolaryngology, in which Dr. Beck was associated. Here is a different type of autobiography—a veritable guide to otolaryngology in the Midwest. It is colloquial

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