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October 2, 1943

Memoirs of a Guinea Pig or Eight Years in a Doctor's Waiting Room

JAMA. 1943;123(5):315. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840400063030

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In his middle 40's Mr. Howard Vincent O'Brien, who is a clever writer, developed difficulty with his vision—a condition commonly referred to as scotoma. In his search for relief he tried everything, including shock therapy, heat therapy, allergy, manipulation of the feet, vitamins, osteopathy, chiropractic and procedures directed toward the intestines and the gallbladder. Apparently he comes to the end of 237 pages still with the scotoma, also with the ability to write an intensely human chapter on "The Care and Feeding of Doctors." Here he disports himself by injecting a few barbs into some of the easily recognized and significant weaknesses of the profession. In the course of his travels he came also under the attention of some of our leading ophthalmologists, who will be recognized not only by the mention of their names in the dedication but also by their characterization in the work. This item is recommended

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