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May 17, 1941

A Surgeon Reflects

JAMA. 1941;116(20):2352. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820200122039

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This is a series of informal essays by a doctor with thirty years' experience as a surgeon. Three years ago a tired heart impressed on him the uncertainty of life and the futility of constant overwork. Later he was miraculously saved when an airplane in which he was riding burned. A few months later a more serious illness overtook him, and since then he has spent two days a week in camp in the woods on the lower Mississippi and so finally has had time to reflect.

The second part of this small book comprises essays about the profession: your patients and you, the general practitioner, the doctor and the child, patients are always right, doctors and dentists, medical ethics. The first part comprises essays on subjects that concern almost everybody: hope, solitude, difficulties, calamity, friends, ambition, success, longevity, wives and mothers, death. The preface contains a letter from Dr.

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