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November 5, 1982

Doctor and Teacher, Hospital Chief: Dr. Samuel Proger and the New England Medical Center

Author Affiliations

Morris Fishbein Center University of Chicago


by Herbert Black, 210 pp, with illus, $14.95, paper $9.95, Chester, CT 06410 (Old Chester Road), Globe Pequot Press, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(17):2171. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330170075045

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This is a skillfully woven story, with many distinct threads always separately discernible in the overall pattern. A major aspect are the personality and achievements of Dr Samuel Proger and, to a lesser degree, of Dr Joseph Pratt. There is the story of the Boston Dispensary, the Boston Floating Hospital, the Tufts Medical School, the New England Medical Center; the medical scene in Maine, and its physicians; the philanthropist, William Bingham; the changing medical needs and medical capabilities during the past half-century; and glimpses of the Depression, all in a well-written narrative. The author is a newspaperman who uses journalistic techniques throughtout—personal interviews, photographs, potted biographical sketches, and disinterred news originally in the public domain, although hidden under considerable dust.

The result is a slick, readable account that provides a considerable amount of information. It would be superb as an extended Sunday supplement feature or a public relations document, but