There are some who are fortunate to have learned directly from the lively, learned, and inquisitive professor of neurology at the University of Cincinnati, a man who has been student and teacher there for 50 years. They must have learned a love of medicine, a kind of delight in its change and challenge, a pleasure in the responsibility, empathic concern, and relevance to civilized discourse that can be entailed in its teaching, learning, and practice.
These brief, readable essays range from real and relevant observations on medical teaching (and learning) to essays on senility, the dying patient, Medicare, and the nervous system. Included in the collection are "The Medical Uses of Literacy" (published in 1958) and a number of addresses touching upon patient care, student care— and the care of faculties as well. Each reveals a well-tempered intellect, a love of craft, and both knowledge and wonderment about man.