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Logan Clendening and Medical Books

William B. Bean, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(2):161-163. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870020001001.
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EVERY SO OFTEN a brilliant personality gives a special kind of stimulus to the medical community which sets in motion a train of events whose long continued effects are a lasting monument. In fact such a memorial is likely to be more lasting than most. The legacy Osler left us still stimulates an interest in medical history. In a similar way, if not to so large a degree, Logan Clendening, with the steady help of his intimate coadjutor Ralph Major, has infused an interest in medical history and looks into the medical profession within the ambit of Kansas City, which is as unique as it is allpersuasive. The Clendening Library is the shrine, not darkly reserved in mystery for the initiated, but as open and comfortable as a friendly private library. As a sort of Bible, the "Source Book" spreads the gospel. Its influence is greatly widened by its


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