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Nobel Lectures in Physiology or Medicine.

Mark D. Altschule, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(1):156-157. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870010158030.
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This expensively-produced and correspondingly-priced volume is not likely to be purchased by many physicians because there is a marked discrepancy between the cost and the value of the contents. The book is interesting in many ways, paradoxically because it is for the most part disappointing.

Although it is good to have all the lectures in one volume and all in English, the contents of nearly all the lectures have been presented elsewhere in individual review papers and in other lectures in much greater detail than in this volume. The biographies of the Nobel laureates are in most cases mere factual summaries that do little to explain how the discoveries celebrated in this volume came to be made. Likewise the speeches that preceded each presentation discuss the prize-winning works but do not enlighten the reader about how the discoveries came to be made. In fact, this is achieved only in


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