Rarely do three new major autobiographies or biographies in medical history come to readers in the space of 6 months. Such a rare event is celebrated in this review.
The shortest of these is the truncated autobiography1 of Edward C. Kendall, Nobelist for Physiology or Medicine in 1950 and isolator of thyroxine and adrenal cortical steroids. His account begins with his childhood, runs through his education at Columbia and his early disappointments in New York, gains power as he relates his pioneering in endocrine biochemistry at the Mayo Clinic, and comes to its climax and end at the Nobel Prize
H. E. Kendall, Edsall, and Fothergill. Ann Intern Med. ;75:145–147. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-75-1-145
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;75(1):145-147.
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