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The notion that one picture is worth a thousand words may be extended in scope to state that one portrait or bust may be worth a whole biographical sketch. Though such statements exaggerate the truth, they emphasize the value of the representation of a person in our efforts to understand him. Meeting a person or hearing him present a paper may give us a flood of insight about character and capacity that is only suggested in the written word. The dilettante of medical history and the amateur of medical biography may obtain stimulus and inspiration from a collection of portraits when he finds many well-known, some famous, many little known, and some unheard of persons. It is fitting that this splendidly arranged, annotated, and produced gallery of the portraits of the Royal College of Physicians of London should be prepared and published to celebrate the move of the College to
Bean WB. The Royal College of Physicians: Portraits. Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(6):910–911. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280120110035
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