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In one of his novels, Ken Kesey writes about an old Indian woman who daily visited her outhouse high on a cliff overlooking a broad valley. With the door open, she sat reading a page of the Bible. Her purpose complete, she ripped out the page and wiped herself. Often during my clinical clerkship I thought of this Indian as I laboured in the teaching room of a general medical ward reading Harrison's textbook. We were required to read 50 pages a week, and were examined every Friday. Medicine seemed beyond my grasp until I found Davidson's book.
Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. ;103:973–974. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-6-973_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(6_Part_1):973-974.
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