A collection of letters written by doctors, which documents ""their aspirations, their ethics, their human reactions"" as...

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DOCTOR'S LEGACY

A collection of letters written by doctors, which documents ""their aspirations, their ethics, their human reactions"" as well as many of the problems they meet, has been assembled from the early 18th century- to the present. Famous names and their lasting contribution appear here and there- Jenner (vaccination); James Simpson (anesthesia); Lister (antisepsis); Koch (bacteria); Walter Reed (yellow fever); Oliver Goldsmith and Chkhov who later were to earn their eternity in another sphere; Freud and Oslar and Harvey Cushing... The horror in earlier days of plague and the battlefield; the high morality of medicine and sometimes its abuse; the doctor's dilemmas-from the easing of painful death to his own retirement to socialized medicine- the letters here all illustrate the many aspects but changeless concepts of the healing art... A market, however, might be hard to find possibly a grateful patient's gift book.

Pub Date: Feb. 2, 1954

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Publisher: Harper

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1954