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Burdened as we are from birth with unceasing dualities —I and other, man and woman, dark and light, hot and cold—no wonder we tend to characterize persons with tags of either-or. This frequent vice can be turned into a harmless game: one can posit in the intellectual salons of medicine that the great contributors to medical fact and concept are all either explorers or mappers. Osler? Obviously a mapper. Harvey? No doubt, explorer. Freud? Yes, an explorer, too. But like some other games, this one is only a parody of real life. Few men or women whose names stand past
Mendelian Inheritance in Man.. Ann Intern Med. 1979;90:287. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-90-2-287_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1979;90(2):287.
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