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August 2, 1952

The Doctors Jacobi

JAMA. 1952;149(14):1357. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930310093046

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This is a warmly written, well-paced story of Dr. Abraham Jacobi, famous American pioneer pediatrician known widely in New York during the last decades of the nineteenth century as "the doctor who saves the babies," and of his wife, Dr. Mary Putnam Jacobi, who studied pharmacy in New York and medicine in Philadelphia and had the distinction of being the first woman to gain admission to the École de Médecine in Paris. The biography of these two unusual people, the husband a refugee from European politics and poverty, the wife a daughter of the publisher G. P. Putnam, comes off exceptionally well, even though some of the dialogue and detail is fictionalized. This book falls "on that neutral ground between science and popularity" and is well worth the reading time of busy medical men and women.

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