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October 27, 1928

Réné Théophile Hyacinth Laënnec: A Memoir.

JAMA. 1928;91(17):1310. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700170074035

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In this volume, the life of Laënnec is dealt with in such a way as to be of interest to the general reader. His birth and family, boyhood and school life, study of medicine, study in Paris, practice, illness and death are discussed in a scholarly way and in sufficient detail to make the work worth while to the scientist and the physician. To know something of Laënnec's methods of attacking problems, his courage in the presence of serious handicaps, and his spirit toward his fellow men serves as a great source of inspiration to both old and young readers. Many persons, particularly teachers, would profit today by following his advice: "Do not fear to repeat what has already been said. Men need these things dinned into their ears many times and from all sides. The first rumor makes them prick up their ears, the second registers and the third

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