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May 1964

Curiosities of Medicine.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(5):781-782. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280110161035

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I do not believe there is any field of human interest that is more pertinent at times, more impertinent at others, and more irrelevant at still others, than that of a person's own private individual experiences with medical problems and diseases. It has been a great surprise to me that no perceptive anthologist, critic, or reviewer had gathered together for shock effect, for illumination, or indeed for the edification of the barely literate and even the illiterati, a sample of the fantastic experiences that occur within the domain of clinical medicine. The experience of almost any active physician could supply one or more. Most physicians are inclined to pass these things off as all in a day's work. Although Berton Roueché in his Curiosities of Medicine does not come anywhere close to the exotic memorabilia and sideshow extravaganza of Gould and Pyle, and may not achieve the suavity of a

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