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Autobiography, a literary mode so common among physicians, depends on much more than an ability to write with what reviewers call a "readable" style. It also presupposes an ability to put into perspective the events of one's life in a manner that sustains the reader's attention and makes interesting even the relatively trivial. It is from scores of such autobiographies that historians will achieve a better understanding of a period or a series of events. Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon understood this well, for he was an historian of Texas medicine as well as a memoirist and diarist.
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Pat Nixon of Texas. Autobiography of a Doctor by Pat Ireland Nixon.. Ann Intern Med. ;92:877–878. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-6-877_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(6):877-878.
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