Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis (19/48)

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This 1925 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel chronicles a physician’s relentless search for truth. From its publication to the present, countless men and women have been inspired to pursue careers in research because of [Arrowsmith’s] intense devotion to science, wrote Howard Markel, MD, PhD, in Public Health Reports. 

The novel records and predicts many of the successes and problems that torment the medical profession to this very day, including the competition of needs, goals, and resources between those who identify themselves as clinicians and those who are scientists; the commercial interests of pharmaceutical companies in the development of new medications and vaccines versus the need to seek out and verify scientific truth;…and the evolving role of the doctor in American society. 

Contributor: Monica Starkman from University of Michigan Medical School

Written by Ben Skute

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