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Victor Dubowitz, The Memoir Club, 2005, £20.00 (US$35 (approx.); €30 (approx.)), pp 480. ISBN 1-84104-115-7
I first heard the surname Dubowitz and its timeless association with paediatric muscle disease while a preclinical medical student. He was and remains a colossus of his age, and his legacy will be further enhanced by this wonderful book.
Described on the dustjacket as “as unconventional a presentation of memoirs as one will encounter”, I was reassured by the author’s preface that it “was not an autobiography, rather a journey into a career in paediatrics”.
I read this book with great relish.
It resembled a medical Herodotus Histories with its underlying theme of the rise of neuropaediatrics and especially the advent and recognition of paediatric neuromuscular disease. However, it is written with a candour, especially regarding medical and academic politics, I last encountered in Golda Meyer’s My Life.
There are many touching reminiscences that strike different chords. Examples include …