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January 1, 1968

Tom Rivers: Reflections on a Life in Medicine and Science

JAMA. 1968;203(1):60. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140010062030

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This is an unusual and fascinating book about an unusual and fascinating man. When you read it you may hear the sounds of heavy breathing, from some important people of American medicine who will be reading this book with an attention as rapt as yours, although perhaps even a little more so. They will be anxious to see how they fared in the opinion and judgment of Tom Rivers, MD, of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, a power in American medical science until his death in 1962, a man noted for his frank opinion, frankly and sometimes brutally expressed, and a man who was warm to his friends, hot to his enemies, a firebrand, a curmudgeon—a great guy. He was chairman of the Virus Research Committee of the National Foundation from 1938 until 1955. And he was Director of the Hospital of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. During