An Investigator's Journey in Cardiology

Richard J. Bing, MD
JAMA. 1992;267(7):969-972. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480070085036.
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SUMMING up 60 years in academic medicine, in hospital wards, and in research laboratories is a difficult task: memories and impressions converge and the resonance from past events continually changes. How is one to judge one's past? Many would rate it by honors received, societies elected to, or fortune amassed. I judge my life by the degree of happiness I have received from my work, from my music, and from my family. I have been fortunate in having all my life done what I love most: pursuing the science of medicine and creating music. These have formed the anchor that has given my life stability and a continuous sense of value.

Student Years in Europe  From the beginning of medical school I was interested in science and felt that the purely clinical side was only half the coin, for without a strong emphasis on science, medicine would become stagnant. But


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