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August 1952

The Fight Against Tuberculosis: An Autobiography.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1952;90(2):280. doi:10.1001/archinte.1952.00240080146017

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The qualities which make biographical writing great are somewhat intangible, and just why such works as Boswell's "Johnson," Lockhart's "Life of Scott," Trevelyan's "Life of Macauley," and E. L. Trudeau's biography are satisfying is hard to define. Be this as it may, Dr. Pottenger's autobiography is interesting, and indeed often exciting, from start to finish. Written in precise and vivid style, one sees with the author the scenes of his childhood and feels with him the struggles and trials he went through in getting his medical education and finally establishing his sanatorium in Monrovia. Those of us who know and are fond of Frank Pottenger will understand him better after reading this charming story of his life, in which his personal characteristics are well summed up—eagerness, intense interest in life, kindness, and honesty.

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