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December 1968

Familiar Medical Quotations

Arch Dermatol. 1968;98(6):680. doi:10.1001/archderm.1968.01610180124021

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This book, a compilation of some 7,000 items, is both delightful and informative. Unlike Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, the entries are arranged by subject rather than by author, a helpful innovation. An index of authors and an alphabetical index of key words contribute greatly to the usefulness.

The title of the book is somewhat misleading for many of the entries are neither familiar nor medical nor quotations. To how many widely-read physicians would G. C. Lichtenberg's statement, "The feeling of health is acquired only through disease," be familiar? Is 12-year-old Ann Hollander's not-too-original remark to the editor, "How could you find your glasses if you didn't have them on to see them if they were there?" really medical? And in a section captioned, "Overhead in a Doctor's Office," are these entries, "Let's have a look at it," "Bend over," or "How long have you had this?" truly quotations, or even quotable?

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