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Science, Medicine and Morals

William B. Bean, M.D.
Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(6):918-919. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620240100023.
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In the last few years 2 remarkable books have come out of a medical lecture series in Cincinnati supported by the Markle Foundation, making one wonder a little if this presages a revival of medical learning—first Loren Eisley's The Firmament of Time and now Charles E. Raven's Science, Medicine and Morals.* Both books consist of lectures given under the auspices of the medical school at the University of Cincinnati. Both were written by persons concerned deeply with English prose style. Both were a product of minds inquiring far beneath the still waters of the surface of things, seeking some glimpse or clue to ultimate truth, particularly as it affects physicians and scientists in their relations to society. Raven, as he says, "started life with a definite desire to be a surgeon, with a wide interest in the flora and fauna of my own country and neighborhood, and with that haunting

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