One solace of an annuating if not superannuated professor of medicine is to get into an old bookstore and browse. Or he tries the same vicariously with catalogues of old books, medical or otherwise. Those of a thoughtful turn of mind find that the way to keep ideas from folding back on themselves in neat dustproof packets where they may be kept in a dark spinsterish cupboard, stashed away neatly like a musty collection of aging counterpanes, is by sharing ideas with others. My effort to buy several books listed in a recent catalogue made me realize that my habit of sharing my reading excursions with readers of book reviews, first a few physicians here and there and now a large company, has set some of them on similar trails. I have built up competition for myself. It has become more and more difficult for me toget hold of books
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