Dr. Stollerman's career in research, education and patient care includes his involvement in the great medical advances of the past century, particularly the eradication of rheumatic heart disease in developed countries, and currently the creation of a vaccine against the cause of rheumatic fever, streptococcal sore throat, for developing countries.
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The author of this book is 91 years old but speaks of his experiences in a remarkably youthful, vivid way. His life story spans most of the twentieth century; through this book, you can get a glimpse of those years as they fly past in a life lived to the fullest. You can gain an appreciation for all of the elements that go into making a master clinician, scientist, mentor, and leader. You gain a clear sense of the passing of the torch; Dr. Stollerman's spare, elegant prose gives the reader a vivid snapshot of the great physicians and scientists who preceded him and helped him to find his place in medical history. Reading this book, one cannot help but have faith in the future of medicine as Dr. Stollerman's influence has spread through the students he has taught who in turn have taught and been role models for at least 2 new generations of doctors. At the same time, this book is personal--Dr. Stollerman reflects on how his philosophy and practice of medicine have impacted his own life and those of his loved ones. This is a book that can be enjoyed on many levels, among them: scientific, humanistic, historic, and ethical. You can read this book as part of your preparation for medical school or as a layperson with a keen interest in the delivery of health care. This book couldn't have come at a more opportune time as we as a nation grapple with the issue of health care reform. Dr. Stollerman represents the essence of what every doctor should aspire to and we as patients have the right to expect.