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May 8, 1909

Fun in a Doctor's Life.

JAMA. 1909;LII(19):1525-1526. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540450057028

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Dr. Clevenger has supplied us with a rather disconnected autobiography in this work, and it would seem that he had plenty of material, since he has had an adventurous life. Born in Italy, his boyhood spent in St. Louis, Cincinnati and New Orleans, in his later life he was an Indian trader on the plains, a soldier in the Civil War, a newspaper editor, a magistrate, a telegraph operator, a government surveyor, a steamboat man, a signal service observer, a printer, then a medical student, an asylum official and superintendent, and a neurologic specialist. This variety of occupation, the details of which are scattered discursively through the book, has certainly given a spice to life in his special ease. His experiences with politicians in asylums are vividly told. In some instances he fails to do justice to one or two worthy members of our prolession, but no more, we regret

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