[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
May 30, 1931

Selections from the Papers and Speeches of John Chalmers DaCosta, M.D., LL.D., Samuel D. Gross Professor of Surgery at the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia.

JAMA. 1931;96(22):1898. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720480056043

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


The philosophy of medicine is best reflected in the writings of great medical leaders. Dr. DaCosta was recently honored by Philadelphia physicians in recognition of a notable career. This collection of his essays reveals the breadth of his thought and the multiplicity of his interests. The sketches are biographical, historical, literary, philosophical and humorous. They are exceedingly interesting and a fine example of good medical writing. One of the essays, called "Behind the Office Door," is a great stimulus to research by the younger practitioners and a review of the books that should form part of the life of every cultured physician.

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview