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December 1959

Essays in Philosophical Biology.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;104(6):1051-1052. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270120207022

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

I have not hesitated to review books published some time ago if their message still rings true today: Nor have I excluded a book from consideration just because it was out of print. Since nonmedical books may have much value for the internist or general physician, such books are brought up from time to time. My purpose in this review is to introduce one of my favorite people, the late William Morton Wheeler, a thinker of heroic proportions as well as a scholar in taxonomy and ecology. If, in browsing around old book stores, you come across any of his essays, addresses, or even any of his treatises, on ants, seize them and treasure them, for Wheeler is full of rare savor and rich rewards.

The study of ants has a way of attracting remarkable people. At least, this is my experience with zoologists

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