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February 23, 1957

The Happy Life of a Doctor

JAMA. 1957;163(8):698. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970430088030

In the conclusion of his autobiography, the author writes, "And now the simple saga of my life has been told." That modest understatement follows many entertaining accounts of important activities and events, of important people whom he met, and of many important positions that he held in a long and happy career in medicine. He writes first about his ancestors, the more recent ones being New Englanders, and about his boyhood when he "hung around the store a little and the town doctors were often there." This probably explains, partially at least, why he always had the idea of becoming a physician. He entered Harvard College without knowing a single soul there. He was not athletic, not a debater, not a "fusser," but he spent a lot of time at Harvard just talking, and that kind of college training may account for the conversational appeal of this story of his

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