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November 1964

Madame Curie.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(5):705-706. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860110175024

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This book, a devoted daughter's tribute to a splendid mother, admirably translated by Vincent Sheean, was published not very long before World War II. Though I have had it around for many years, I somehow never picked it up to read it. It is most interesting and informative. If at times the daughter is swept away by her enthusiastic hero worship for her mother, it is well to remember that her mother has joined the immortals of science and joined the nobility of the heroes of science. In fact, she has become a legend as well as a hero. The picture drawn here is an admirable portrayal of one who succeeded against heavy odds. Madame Curie, starting life as Marya Slodovska, had what one might suppose an impossible battery of obstructions along the road to fame. She was a woman. She knew poverty for much of her life. She was

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