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December 13, 1941

Following a Doctor's Satchel: An M.D. Talks from Fifty Years Experience

JAMA. 1941;117(24):2110. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820500092048

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Unlike most books written by venerable physicians, this one is not an autobiography. The author is still practicing medicine in a small city in Texas at 80 years of age and he simply wants to pass on the wisdom he has acquired during a long career. His advice is deeply rooted in religious principles. In his short philosophic essays he writes about love of country, paternal love, love of money, pride of ancestry, love of nature, anger, fear, sympathy. He has definite ideas about some more modern problems also. The attempted inroads of politics into the practice of medicine he has found to be very undesirable. He believes that the rise of the cults today can be explained by the prophecies in the Bible, which told us that the time would come when people would not endure sound doctrines but would run off after fables. Younger people might spend an

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