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Values in Modern Medicine

Lester S. King, MD
JAMA. 1973;224(2):253. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220150061040.
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In Sickness and in Health: Reflections on the Medical Profession,  by Earle P. Scarlett (Charles G. Roland, ed), 253 pp, $10, McClelland & Stewart, 1972.Dr. Middleton, now 82, has had an illustrious career in medicine as a practicing physician, teacher, and administrator, and his long connection with the University of Wisconsin has been honored by the new medical library building that bears his name. Moreover, he is a humanist, historian, and philosopher whose views not only have current interest but will continue to interest future generations of physicians. Dr. Middleton has participated in the great formative years of modern medicine. He has personally known many of the leading medical figures, including several whose heyday was in the late 19th century. His experiences and descriptions help recreate the environment in which medical progress flourished.In the many essays here reprinted —almost all of them written in the 1950s and 1960s—he shows himself a literate figure who has a keen eye for the problems of the past and their relevance to the present. The essays deal


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