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March 29, 1941

In Search of Complications: An Autobiography

JAMA. 1941;116(13):1488. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820130150045

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Among the medical biographies of 1940 the life story of Eugene de Savitsch has special flavor. It is witty, colorful, scientific. It describes the career of a boy who came out of Russia in the revolution and who worked in Japan, in San Francisco and in Denver. His naive impressions of American customs learned through clerking in a department store, his chapter on the sanatorium for the tuberculous, his bacteriologic studies, his portraits of Sewall, Carlson in the University of Chicago, Calmette and many others have special flavor. Especially interesting is his description of the routine in the Billings Hospital, where he had some clinical training. Thus he says:

It is not my intention to be harsh with those who have attained official honor and distinction as the leading medical men of a leading university but only to be skeptical about the wisdom of the present trend toward greater organization

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