In any story of American medicine, the place of Morris Fishbein is secure. From 1913 to 1949 he played an important part in the American Medical Association—for the first ten years he served as assistant editor of The Journal, and after that, as editor. He demonstrated himself a man of great ability and stupendous energy, a vigorous and effective editor, a prolific writer, an outstanding raconteur and speaker, a person of strong opinions forcibly expressed in both speeches and writings, a crusader against quackery. Indeed, so manifold were his activities and at the same time so widely dispersed, that for 25 years he probably contributed more than any other single person to shaping the popular image of organized medicine in America.
When prominent people write autobiographies, two advantages may accrue. The first is a personal dimension: a man's own story will indicate what manner of man he is. The second