I Remember: The Autobiography of Abraham Flexner

I Remember: The Autobiography of Abraham Flexner

I Remember: The Autobiography of Abraham Flexner

I Remember: The Autobiography of Abraham Flexner

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Belonging, as I am happy to belong, to a large and closely knit family, I have--for better or worse--refrained from submitting this manuscript to my brothers or sisters. Of course, their recollections must at times differ from mine. Whose should I adopt? The volume is therefore made up of my memories, buttressed by a few memoranda of which I chance to possess copies; by personal letters, written almost altogether to my wife and two daughters, which they have preserved during a period of over forty years; and by the published reports of the General Education Board. It has been most helpfully criticized by my wife, as well as by my eldest daughter Jean. The sections dealing with medical education have been scrutinized by my brother Simon, who, with Dr. Welch and Professor Mall, guided me in a field which was new to me. The proof has been carefully read by my successor in the directorship of the Institute for Advanced Study, Dr. Frank Aydelotte, and by my younger daughter, Eleanor. To all these I am deeply grateful. In fairness, however, should the volume prove to have any value at all, I wish it to be associated with Mrs. Esther S. Bailey, my secretary since practically the beginning of my connection with the General Education Board in 1913, and Miss Marie C. Eichelser, who has served in the same capacity since the early days of the Institute for Advanced Study.

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