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April 17, 1987

Take Heart: The Life and Prescription for Living of Dr. Paul Dudley White

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago

American Medical Association Chicago

JAMA. 1987;257(15):2093. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390150109048

It is particularly appropriate that Dr Oglesby Paul should write a biography of the world's best-known cardiologist, Dr Paul Dudley White (1886-1973). Dr Paul is an outstanding cardiologist in his own right, and Dr White had been his early mentor in a variety of capacities. The book is thoroughly documented by a wealth of sources: White's family, professional colleagues, former secretaries, patients, and friends—plus a large volume of correspondence and manuscripts. The author has acknowledged that such voluminous material forced him to be highly selective in the presentation: "... in 87 years, Paul White was extraordinarily active and involved, and to recount or even summarize all that transpired in his life would be to prepare an encyclopedia." In a similar vein, this review can do little more than hint at the vast experience covered in the book.

White became famous among the general public as "President Eisenhower's doctor," although the designation