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March 1964

The Torch.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(3):474-475. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280090160042

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A great many physicians have achieved distinction in the field of letters. Indeed, some are remembered entirely for their nonmedical efforts. Not many people think of Keats as a doctor to call in for advice about a spot of phthisis. Oliver Goldsmith, even if he ever really did have an MD degree, was never an active practitioner. But believe me, he would have been wonderful if he could have kept the tears back. On the current scene Cronin and Somerset Maugham and, not so long ago, Arthur Conan Doyle achieved fame and fortune under the banner of the Muses rather than serving in the temple of Aesculapius. Some persons having achieved a high place as physicians have gone on to a second career in letters. In a few instances, the two careers have run more or less hand in hand. Sherrington employed an incisive and perceptive mind in developing a

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