The life of any physician whose active medical experience has spanned the last 60 years must necessarily be full of interest to any doctor at work today. For this and other reasons I always found Walter Bierring, a student of Koch and Pasteur, a person of unending charm and fascination to us his junior colleagues. A man's life may be reflected in varying ways which depend on his scope in action, the persons and institutions he has been part of, as well as his personality and capacity as he relates his story. The writer of an autobiography may take either of two radically different approaches in tackling his subjective objective, or he may take the broader meandering road between. He may be so reticent that he tells us nothing about himself, but much of what he has seen and something of what he has done. Or he may throw restraint
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