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August 1980

Advice to a Young Scientist

Author Affiliations

Department of Neurology University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City, IA 52242

Arch Neurol. 1980;37(8):532-533. doi:10.1001/archneur.1980.00500570080023

In haste does Laertes disappear from sight ("Most humbly do I take my leave, my Lord") as Polonius barely finishes his tiresome, advisory speech (or merely pauses for breath). And in haste did I read through the first few chapters of Advice to a Young Scientist, fearing that despite the author's conscious effort not to be Polonius, Lord Chesterfield, or, even worse, Kipling, he would turn out to be a compound of all three. But nothing could be less true, and early on in the book I decided to nest in a comfortable chair the better to savor the sensible counsel of Professor Medawar.

The book is the second in a series organized by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, planned to make "the process of scientific discovery more understandable, more real and more exciting to the general reader." Since I cannot with full conviction assume the part of general reader

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