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August 26, 1974

Anton Chekhov: The Physician and Major Writer

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Bacteriology, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

JAMA. 1974;229(9):1203-1204. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230470045023

Chekhov, in the brief 44 years of his life, combined active medical work with the creation of many of the world's literary masterpieces. His extraordinary expedition to the penal island of Sakhalin showed both his humanitarian sensibility and his remarkable foresight as a medical investigator. His sure insight into the selection of appropriate practical measures for dealing with famine and a threatened cholera epidemic further illustrates a unique combination of qualities. But above all, it is his imaginative empathy for all men, in all the vagaries of human experience that makes reading his works so rewarding for those who care for the troubled and for the sick.

(JAMA 229:1203-1204, 1974)