Medicine's Metaphors: Messages and Menaces

William B. Bean, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1978;138(2):313. doi:10.1001/archinte.1978.03630260095028.
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The domain occupied by medicine is enormous and growing. The domain is marked out and described by a multitude of people with different training, outlook, and capacity to express themselves. Samuel Vaisrub, who has departed from the daily care of the sick to the realm of medical editing and writing, has achieved increasing distinction and success as senioreditor of The Journal of the American Medical Association. He is also an associate editor of the ARCHIVES, and he gained experience, while in practice, as editor of the Manitoba Medical Review.

This book may properly be called a "commonplace" book. It contains a miscellaneous collection of the writers' treasures, which were collected and are displayed with the uncanny enthusiasm and randomness of a bowerbird. Bascially, the book is a collection of the favorite words, expressions, and ideas that range from the mundane to the colloquial; from commemorative definition to a glossary of


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