The Physician's After Ego

AMA Arch Surg. 1955;71(3):307-330. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1955.01270150001001.
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In my selection of a subject for this Presidential Address, I must confess to the influence of a long-standing interest concerning the outstanding achievements of physicians in nonmedical pursuits. Also, I thought a respite from scientific papers might be welcome.

I had thought too, that my choice had some originality but I was quickly disillusioned of this idea on visiting the reference libraries. Various aspects of the subject I planned to cover had been dealt with in numerous articles and books. This fact somewhat discouraged me and I entertained the idea of discussing a clinical matter but found myself reverting to my original intention. The predicament seemed similar to that of the Australian who wished to purchase a new boomerang but went crazy trying to rid himself of the old one. I have proceeded, however, in the hope that my efforts might provide some consolidation of the widely dispersed information.


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