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July 28, 1951

Pioneer Doctor.

JAMA. 1951;146(13):1270. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670130092031

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This book tells of many incidents in the life of a physician who is genuinely interested in what he can do for the sick. Dr. Henry A. Christian points out, in the foreword, that it is such stories of medical practice that are needed today to counteract the fact that medicine has "become more mechanistic and less humanistic, more mechanical and less spiritual than in the past." Dr. Christian says there seems to be decreasing interest in man as a human being as he passes through a hospital regimen of technicians and tests, of apparatus and machines. Books like this one should be a balance against such tendencies. Dr. Moorman's professional life has been spent mostly in Oklahoma, where, at the beginning of the last century, he began the practice of medicine in frontier villages (Jet and Chickasha) among the rugged plainspeople whom he loved. The numerous humane stories from

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