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April 12, 1941

A Family Doctor's Notebook

JAMA. 1941;116(15):1746. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820150136032

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The author in his first fifty years of practice apparently could never find time to write. Now at 75 he is emeritus professor of medicine at the University of Kansas Medical School and has yielded to the urge to express his opinion on various subjects. Dr. Wolf was born in Germany near Stuttgart at a time when Jews and Gentiles lived there in harmony side by side. Why this good will cannot continue he does not understand. He discusses this question in the first chapter, which is one of two devoted to his own life. He went to Heidelberg, which was the most beautiful and most famous of all German universities. Students belonging to the fraternities at Heidelberg (the "Corps" and the "Burschenschaften") seldom attended lectures, and all they did, he says, was to learn to fight duels, frequent banquets, drink, sing and sleep. These fencing duels were in the

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