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June 1959

Pathology for the Physician.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;103(6):1002. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270060154022

Edited by William B. Bean, M.D.*

Minor incidents, events, and episodes plant the seeds for later developments which furnish direction, pleasure, and instruction in a medical career. In 1931, during the summer after my first year in medical school, my father put in my hands a book called "The Pathology of Internal Disease," by William Boyd. He said that it had pleased him greatly. Ergo, I should read it. This injunction was obeyed for I had come, perhaps reluctantly, to admire my father's canny judgment. Perhaps today I should say we shared certain tastes. At any rate, having wrestled with the massive tomes of anatomy, histology, and embryology, I was pleased to have a chance to preview what I looked forward to as an introduction to the more clinical aspects of medicine, even if it was only the residue found in pathology. To my great delight, I found Boyd's book

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