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Henry E. Sigerist: Autobiographical Writings

Saul Jarcho, MD
JAMA. 1967;201(5):335. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130050069041.
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A Bibliography of the Writings of Henry E. Sigerist  edited by Genevieve Miller, 112 pp, $6, Montreal: McGill University Press, 1966.Henry E. Sigerist (1891-1957), the famous medical historian and inspirer of medical historians, left behind a large mass of memorabilia, notes, scrap books, and other papers, including diaries. From this material, set forth in several languages, his daughter has selected and synthesized the first of the two volumes here reviewed. She says in her preface "I have been guided first of all by the necessity to present as good a self-portrait as possible." The effort is highly successful and the self-portrait is true to life.The first section, nearly 50 pages, represents the opening chapters of a discontinued formal autobiography. This includes inter alia a notable appreciation of Andrija Stampar and some interesting descriptions of Swiss schoolmasters.The period from 1910 to 1931 is represented by material put together from diaries or excerpted


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