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The Three-Legged Stallion and Other Tales from a Doctor's Notebook

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By Kra Siegfried J.. . 205 pages. W.W. Norton & Company; , New York: , 1989.. $18.95.


Ann Intern Med. 1989;111(8):695. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-111-8-695_1
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Berton Roueché has written so well about medical sleuthing that newcomers enter the field at their peril. Dr. Kra's notebook contains memoirs, case notes, perhaps some fiction, and at least three intriguing and well-told medical mysteries, including that of his own childhood fever of unknown origin. Sadly, one suspects the concern for marketability urging the mold elsewhere, even where it fits less well. Such concerns lead to portions unworthy of Dr. Kra. "Leysin," however, is a touching, bittersweet evocation of the delicate feelings that arise between a medical student and his patient, a very young woman with advanced tuberculosis. The

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