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February 17, 1951


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Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston 14.

JAMA. 1951;145(7):509. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920250061026

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To the Editor:—  I have taken over the job of finishing the book on "Autobiographical Sketches of Disease by Physicians," which was started by the late Dr. Max Pinner (The Journal June 8, 1946, page 551). Because of his many years of illness from heart disease, Dr. Pinner became interested in how much he had learned about his malady which did not appear in the usual medical textbooks. He also became fascinated by how much one learns about adaptation to a chronic illness. Dr. Pinner believed that his "education" was not unique and that many other physicians who had experienced illnesses would have as much to contribute. He accordingly began to collect autobiographical sketches from physicians with the idea of publishing a book containing approximately 50 contributions.At the time of his death, Dr. Pinner had obtained about 20 excellent sketches. It seemed a pity that such a valuable manuscript

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