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Martin Arrowsmith

Naturevolume 115page797 (1925) | Download Citation



IT is not often that a novel calls for review in a scientific journal, but Mr. Sinclair Lewis has given us in “Martin Arrowsmith” a work of such interest and importance that notice of it should not be neglected. It is a long novel dealing with the life problem of a young medical student and practitioner in the United States, who is handicapped by the common difficulty of narrow financial straits. He is inspired by the fine fire that consumes the true research worker to the exclusion of all else, and perpetually has to fight his superiors, who demand practical results and cannot see the importance of fundamental research per se. If the book brings home to any of the public the force of this idea, as it surely must, then it will do a very great service to research.

Martin Arrowsmith.

By Sinclair Lewis. Pp. 480. (London: Jonathan Cape, Ltd., 1925.) 7s. 6d. net.

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