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April 1954

Eleven Blue Men—And Other Narratives of Medical Detection.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1954;51(4):572. doi:10.1001/archopht.1954.00920040582018

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Here is a treat for the tired ophthalmologist, too weary from the day's labor to concentrate on the effects of 17-hydroxycorticosterone on ocular pathology but too mentally alert to yield to the usual detective story. This is the compromise. It presents twelve short, but fascinating, tales of medical detection, superbly written by one of The New Yorker's best writers, Berton Roueché.

For two of these stories, "A Pig from New Jersey," which relates how Dr. Lawrence Levy, of the Bureau of Preventable Diseases, traced the source of the contaminated meat in a group of cases of trichinosis, and "The Fog," which details the nightmarish story of the smog at Donora, Pa., which in October, 1948, struck down half the town's population and killed twenty, the author was awarded the 1950 Lasker Foundation Award for medical reporting.

All of these stories are interesting and instructive. They combine the excitement of the

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