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June 1961

The Choice of a Medical Career: Essays on the Fields of Medicine

Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(6):958-959. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620060158026

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Why people study medicine, what they are in for when they study it and later when they practice it are solemn, formal topics to which many people have addressed their attention under diverse circumstances. Fabricant dealt with such things in excerpts from autobiographical or biographical writings in his book Why We Became Doctors. The Rosens did the same sort of thing with somewhat longer historical excerpts in a book entitled Four Hundred Years of a Doctor's Life. In an essay entitled Careers in Medicine I attempted to cover the various motives under the three headings of curiosity, altruism, and the search for power. The scope and intent of The Choice of a Medical Career: Essays on the Fields of Medicine, edited by Garland and Stokes are different. Essays were written specially for this book which is an introduction to the fields and philosophy of medicine, a guide for those learning

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