A recent essay in The New York Times book review section (Nehring
C. "Books make you a boring person." June 27, 2004) suggested
that, perhaps, we read too much. Although the thrust of the essay was that the
quality of our reading might be jeopardized by the quantity of our reading, if
we consider our obligations to read The Journal of Bone and Joint
Surgery and the several other professional journals to which we
subscribe, there might be some truth to that assertion. How then, could one
recommend reading another book, particularly a book that may require a little
effort to procure? (Make your check payable to the Clendening History of
Medicine Library, University of Kansas, and send it to: Greystone Press, P.O.
Box 411877, Kansas City, Missouri 64141-1877).