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December 1963

Medical Portraits.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(6):989. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860060201028

Biographic sketches, memorabilia, obituary notices, tributes of one kind and another are a very human expression of affection, admiration, and regard though they may degenerate into status symbols for status seekers. In the case of people who have died and are gone from our midst such residual marks memorialize the dead in a tangible way which is characteristic of the human spirit. It can be said without fear of contradiction that the average physician has not spent anywhere near the time and effort on learning the mastery of his native tongue that he has spent on mastering the elements of medicine. When he is confronted with the necessity for saying good-by, a formal atque vale to the departed, he is likely to be seized with a species of what the hunter calls buck fever, a sort of literary blush of embarrassment. This is characterized intellectually by weakening of the knees,

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