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A memorable book: From magic to science

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 03 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:h
  1. Jan Pollert, retired chest physician in London

    I graduated in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1939 one month before the Czech capital was occupied by the Nazis. I was lucky to escape to Palestine, where I joined the Czechoslovak Army, later to be transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps. In order to acquaint myself with the British pharmacopoeia—somewhat different from the central European one—I looked up in the hospital's small library a textbook of clinical pharmacology. It was …

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