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April 1963

Ernest Henry Starling, the Clinician's Physiologist: With an Aside on Wandering Navels

Arch Intern Med. 1963;111(4):403-405. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03620280003001

In a scholarly and highly informative biographical essay, Carleton Chapman has brought to our attention Starling's extraordinary contributions to contemporary medical thought. He has pursued many leads and gone directly to such sources as were available, including Starling's close friends and relatives. To do the kind of work upon which such an essay is based requires a great deal of study, the consultation of original sources, an effort to ferret out any residual information which can be obtained from living friends and associates, and hard work in seeking out in libraries and anywhere else it may be available the kind of information out of which the story of a man's life and a man's work emerges. When this is done by a perceptive scholar the result is not only a fitting memorial and reminder to us all of our great medical forbears but vitalizes our understanding of current concepts by

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