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September 20, 1947

The Doctor's Scrapbook

JAMA. 1947;135(3):196. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890030064041

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This is an interesting and revealing book which is exactly true to its name. It has no organization, plot or plan. It is full of verses and jingles which the doctor has written for his own amusement and for that of his family, friends and patients. He tells about his life, giving the most inconsequential episodes but creating out of them the impression of an earnest, kindly and sincere gentleman who has given everything he has to the practice of medicine, the service of his patients and to gracious living in a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. If the jingles and verses never reach the status of poetry, and if one does not always agree with the medical ideas expressed, one can nevertheless appreciate this book for its warm, human sincerity and the picture it gives of the kind of doctor who has patients who love and revere him

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