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December 16, 1950

William Withering of Birmingham, M.D., F.R.S., F.L.S

JAMA. 1950;144(16):1416. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920160090050

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This account of Dr. Withering's life and enterprises is no mere biography, in the conventional sense, but is more exactly a work of the heart. It is as though the authors desired to build a memorial to the man who had been a source of inspiration to them; and in so doing to instil in others a measure of the zeal they had derived from a study of his life. This gives one the feeling that the book is primarily oriented toward the student.

The authors have succeeded in compiling an interesting and moving account of the maturation and full realization of a man of genius, an account well documented and at the same time free from pedagogy. The book is replete with the letters, notes and case histories compiled by the famous physician of Birmingham, and the authors have chosen the best course—they let the man speak for himself—for

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