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Most of today's readers of Annals of Internal Medicine probably do not know how much of its present scope—the range from rigorous validation of new scientific fact to the very human concerns with ethical problems and physician-and-patient relations—is owed to the catholicity in worldviewand depth in personal convictions of its one-time Editor and present Editor Emeritus, J. Russell Elkinton. Those who will read this collection of his personal essays, his travel notes, his Annals editorials will see the connection. In some of his pieces he captures precisely the flavor of American academic medicine in the 1950s before the splintering of
Bird on a Rocking Chair: Occasional Essays from Family and Professional Life. Ann Intern Med. 1988;109:350. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-109-4-350_1
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