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July 14, 1962

The Sweeping Wind: A Memoir

JAMA. 1962;181(2):174. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050280104026

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In his memoir, Paul de Kruif gives us an autobiography which ranks with the best of these rare forms of literature. In his lifetime he has been in close touch with great events in 20th century medicine and has counted some of the great personages of the American scene among his intimate friends. The manner in which he recounts short anecdotes about many of these people is fascinating. Private conversations and letters, which always intrigue a reader, abound in his story and make it far better reading as a result.

For those who have enjoyed de Kruif's novels and articles, this memoir will be a welcome addition to their library of "de Kruifiana." The inimitable style which he has developed is at its best in the first portion of the book. The latter portion is less a story and more a mere recounting of experiences with people and committees. His

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