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August 6, 1938

The Life of Chevalier Jackson: An Autobiography

JAMA. 1938;111(6):562. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790320074035

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This autobiography of a distinguished American physician is unique in many ways. It is the story of a pioneer in a unique field. It is illustrated with colored reproductions of many of the original paintings by Dr. Jackson which certainly approach professional accomplishment. It is personal and yet restrained. It has a beautiful philosophy of life, which its author has no doubt reached through years of thought. It is written with a high moral purpose; namely, to extend the campaign against useless deaths due to the swallowing of caustic substances and foreign bodies.

As one reads the details of the growth and development of Dr. Jackson, his career is much more understandable. As a boy he was sentimental and kind, and intolerant of pain and suffering. As he grew up he was, because of his small size, frequently bullied and suppressed. As a youth he had opportunity to study art

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