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October 1962

The Art of Thinking

Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(4):545-546. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620220137025

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It was for me a fortunate day when I picked up this paperback in an airport. I have read it twice and wish I had time to read it again. A blurb on the front of the cover calls it "a vibrant book by an inspiring teacher." On the back we read "Abbé Ernest Dimnet was that rare Frenchman who attained literary distinction by his writings in English. This... was a phenomenal best-seller in the original edition"—1928. Inside the cover we read: A great American philosopher John Dewey says of this book, "I would say to the reader, 'Take it, try it for yourself. Keep it close at hand, read a page or two, a paragraph, opening at random. Keep it on a bedside table and read it to compose your mind at night and to arouse it in the morning'."... "For it is compact with the wisdom gathered in

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