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October 24, 1959

What Next, Doctor Peck?

JAMA. 1959;171(8):1162. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010260118033

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This is the narrative of a young physician who got his start with a railroad construction gang in Utah. It is written in popular style with a minimum of technical detail and a liberal sprinkling of humor —much of it earthy. It is obviously intended to appeal equally to lay and to professional readers. The author goes to some pains to deglamorize the wild west as portrayed by Hollywood script writers. Even the illustrations, concentrated in the center of the book, are singularly lacking in glamor. One of the best chapters, written by the author's wife, is also placed in the middle of the book. There is no index, nor is there any need for one.

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