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March 1961

Abraham Flexner, an Autobiography: A Complete Revision Brought Up to Date of the Author's "I Remember."

Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(3):461-462. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620030149022

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A little more than a year ago I reviewed Medical Education in the United States and Canada (1910), Medical Education—A Comparative Study (1925), and I Remember: The Autobiography of Abraham Flexner (1940). Reading these three books was a memorable experience, a return to original sources in preparation for presenting the Abraham Flexner Award of the Association of American Medical Colleges to Dr. A. N. Richards. I had been in the large company of persons who often quoted or referred to The Flexner Report, but had not actually read it. After this concentrated exposure to Flexner I determined to write him a letter. In it I avowed my hero worship and said some things customarily reserved for obituary notices. For example, I expressed my confident opinion that Abraham Flexner and John Shaw Billings would "be remembered as the great men in American medicine during the heroic years of its rising out

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