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April 20, 1963

The medical muse or what to do until the patient comes.

JAMA. 1963;184(3):252. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700160128031

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Only rarely does the reviewer of medical books have occasion to say, "a thorough delight." But to this volume he will say so emphatically. This latest work from Dr. Armour's pen contains the most admirable light verse of medical relevance that possibly can be desired. Witty and pungent, often barbed, always polished and satisfying, the short poems cover a wide span of medical topics, ranging from urinalysis to psycholanalysis, from the doctor's wife and family to the electronic secretary. The poems invariably provoke a smile —and sometimes hearty laughter. The illustrations by Leo Hershfield add greatly to the charm.

Dr. Armour, the author (a PhD, not an MD), is well known for his prose satires and his frequent contributions of light verse on quite diverse topics. All physicians should be grateful that he has turned his talents to medicine and that he has once more collaborated with Mr. Hershfield in

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