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The preoccupations of an editorial writer as he deals with current problems over a span of more than two decades may disclose as much about the author as they do about the period. As befits a dean, Van Liere is concerned about medical students and preprofessional training. But war, its impact and after effects, comes in for discussion. Sherlock Holmes and his creator, Conan Doyle, receive their appropriate tribute. Suicide; the bladder during weightlessness; hypoxia; women in medicine; several brief biographical tributes; the curriculum; research; alcoholism; chemotherapy—all march by on little feet. A clear understanding of what was going on at a particular time is needed to understand topical emphasis with reference to "elsewhere in this journal." If the context is obscure the comment loses its impact. Problems of establishing a four-year medical school are reflected in various themes a dean would want to ventilate editorially.
This unpretentious collection,
Bean WB. 100 Editorials. (Paperback). Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(6):1004–1005. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860060216048
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