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May 3, 1976

Personal View: An Anthology

Author Affiliations

New Orleans

JAMA. 1976;235(18):2021. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260440071041

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Should a respectable man be imprisoned for smacking the bottoms of willing and erotically excited girls? "Ridiculous," writes an orthopedic surgeon in one of the short essays that make up Personal View. Sex, he observes, is for delight. Or, a professor notes the shifting of capital from men in their 50s who die from their exertions, to their wives, who survive them by 15,20, and 30 years, and concludes: "Blessed are those with two X chromosomes, for they shall inherit the earth."

Written by doctors, nurses, and medical workers, as their fancies dictate, the 100 three-page essays in Personal View beggar description. A medical meeting leads the Birmingham consultant to wonder if the traditional marathon of sitting—or sleeping—in soporific gloom through a series of 15-minute papers is the best way for promoting new ideas. A London sister laments the absence of nursing by trained staff outside an intensive care unit;