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THt MICHIGAN C AILY

Surciy, bocrmber 7, 1975

Page Fur THEMICHIGN DAIL

BOOF

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Supdotr:Just another stereotype

One woman's story:

THE SIPERDOCTORS by present and future.1 hardly deserve the title "Super- AROUND ALL OF thene phy-
Roger Rapoport. New York: Rapoport's interviews spanned doctor," discrediting their pro- sicians, Rapoport "claims, oi,6
Playboy Press. 275 pp,.... $8.95 i iore than two years, ,as he fession more than they persuade there is a "myth of inmmortali-
travelled "<all over America UStoo t Although he be- ty" a belief held by the pea
Bly JEFi' RISTINE seeking out the finest physicians lee l i ujcst epie surrounding them that thef, 3%I"i
in the great universities, muedi- among the *best physicians in superdoctor will never die. But
F14MNKS TO TELEVISION cal centers and clinics," He the world, Rapoport either fails except for a quote from just i u sl
heroes like Ben Casey, Mar- watched many of his subjects to recognize the importance of one doctor's nurse, RapoportWEA AY WRESIO
cus Welby, and Joe Gannon, under actual. working conditions their, flaws or deliberately fails to ;provide any material r ,. W LAY OESIO
;Hedical professionals have been and spoke with their wives car avoids critical comment upon supporting this assertion - one 'SUT, by Susanna Angefli. New
the m uch-suffering victims of a( colleagues. Somne of them even" them. Among these doctors are: of the integral portions of his York: The Viking Press, 1975.
flattering and false stereotype: gave him a white coat and in- whole "superdoctor" thesis. ' $7.951
The 0-minute surgeon is dedi- troduced him to their patients: -William Jennings Bryan, Jr.
,:ated to his job above and far, as another doctor. a hypnotist who was found gufi:I Moreover, Rapoport, a free- By EUGENE MARINO
far beyond the call of duty. He ty of sexually molesting four lance writer and former Daily
possesses perpetual energy, can WHA'r IS A SUPERI)OCTOR? wme patients and who asserts editor " in " chief; knows better T dHE.RE ARE TWO types of
recall the most trivial textbook Rapoport invented the word, ;"you should charge the highest than to commit some of the 1naohrscin eu-o-I mmis hr stecm
item at a second's notice anrd so he deserves the right to de- feyucnwtotfeiggIenstyvisticylawscthatclppea
trashis patients like members ;fine it. His MDs are "physicians ity;"ithroughout The Superdoctors. frsmanrembarrasingoselwethosmnvritycwhich includes
Oftre a y ig ha ie of fame, ,wealth and power," His quotes are choppy or sim- frmD.Sok'tlst he autho rmsilcecs i w hihae
the fczlamily Bigeralfec h evre iknee id -Cardlovascular surgeon Ted ply nonilluminative in several the pediatrician's wife bitterly teato sal swt ae
he comadsetrnlnesecnwoeevr etsikneerwid Terrific" Dietrich, who, ac- sections. fie neglects to define complains that her husband re- pwt gegac.dwptrls oe n.fsdt iehrcei o r o w umnpeopesandthing
with a single glanae. down, nr o etheIndcording to a recent Newsweek all of his unf amiliar "medicalfuetogv'hrceifrheor rum an tms wtot
Tis disappointing, thereforeaodsekn fdah n installing an artificial aortic terms. He refers to himself as collaboration on the bestselling ever speculating on what it was
itdeed, "to be a true suedoctor, rav psd on.Svnfo . n n etinbtas(ti Baby and Child Care, all for. And there is a rarer
that Roger' Rapopor't merely you mst dismiss death ;rom vleup don evnir-"'in n eto bta ti u ae sawoe h ait nwihthe writer adds
:resates another stereotype, yourvoaury There :s o mer patients have sued Dietrich writer" in another. He writes Butae asawoe
equally ,unrealistic, 'in The su cigaulatry. nl'pa for malpractice, the magazine blanket statements that sup-"uedcoscnan o ti pteipraticdnso
such thinorsaspaadterminal'ienpa- said, and his colleagues have posedly apply to all his subjects sbtnc.Teperoaiy pro- ie- h erin x~i
sumplferd ctrsa paddedsoaerlity charged him with unnecessary in his introdutction but which files are entertaining, but Rpo shenes- to see what logic,
simplifiedablyinbookt. ofanpersonality enr
and biographical sketches. By' But along with truly superior surgery and an unusually high clearly apply to only one of the potfis ieabyinhs at-s'ayTheyEdcotin;ofHenry
forcing 22 mren -- famous and doctors' such as pediatrician failure rate (resulting in death) physicians after a thorou gh thaspt Adaju'tTheEduhationeofeHhar
nbscure, brilliant and incompe- Benjamin Spock, immunologist for mitral valve disease opera- reading of the book. applied to nearly two dozen doc- Adamts is the premier ex~am-ple
tetdial n eot~ JnsSlhattasln x tions;1 tors. The reader is left with an and AlberSpe'auoiga
admiabl an revltig- ona Sal, harttranplat e- ;The book,'however, does con- unsettling impression that there phy, Inside the Third Reich, is
inoa collective, artificial cate pert Christiaan Barnard arid __A multimillionaire expert at tain a few go kths ~o are no real supe rdoctors-unly a notable recent instance of this
gory, Rhapnpothdliversonlitedtleiob"fertAso"dervou breast implants, who works on port profiles psychotherapist Ar-( physicians willing to voice their type.
more tha thnly- cnnetedtio" fmeRapoport lumps Ufl the theory that "only five per nold Hutschnecker, who' reveals delusions of grandeur and a' sin-
types for medical stars of the knowns and semi-knowns whoj cent of all womnen are attrac- he trie to tranfr ihr le writer who believes them Susanna Agnelli's memoir, We
edie"an htte te tpe io r awtoRadv e AwysWreSilrSutIa
cent should visit plastic sur- in sessions with the President Jeffery Ritie is a Daily staff somewhat tenuously into the lat-
ygeons; during the Vietnam Warwitr. ter category. Although the book
Do 1You- - --_ _ is a lively and intelligent ac-
" '' IV count of a rich girl's coming of
(or des yur oraniztion age under unusual circumstan-
A(b khdoosurriseracordeightartionr) Z Ces, it is also a frustrationwork
A ooshop os r riea ddeih ea eso because of what is so noticeably
Need to Make So me hitrpilspyad4ieaue left out.A the granddaughter
histryphilsop y an lieratre.of the founder of Fiat and t
literal contemporary of one of
~Ithe more significant political
EA SYd$ e hae boksothe stresdon cary.phenomena of the twentieth cen-
EAA Y $ $? Wehae boksotertoes on'ucrry,.ItlianFascism. (she was
313" SbaSTAT in 1922, the year Mussolini
(second'floor, above Wild's Men's Shop) oca ntito porntat ihad~
5eilM bu perstic ersof the principal figures in I' as-
I4~ M- : 10- cist Italy, including her griard-
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close friend, Galeazzo Ciarno,*' "''-
iMussolini's son-in-law and the .
Italian Foreign Minister who. .....-",-
was shot by the Fascists forf
treason in 1943. Yet this prox-
imity to the source of power =
'in Fascist Italy does not seem fury of the guardiana, Maria.
to interest her (maybe she was The boy, aggressively shy, was
too close), and her sparse com-Moai.
Iments on, the political life that Mrva
surrounded her left this reader,, Agnelli's friendship with Ciarib
at least, wishing for more, s-panned the most interesting
period, of her life, when she ma-
IWe Always Wore Sailor Suits tured from a frivolous girl into
tells the story of a small, guard- a courageous woman. At eigh-
ed, monied world where the -chil- teen she was introduced to Ro-
dren seemed almost never to man society (and Ciano) and
h-ave con-tact with anvone ex- her life -became a round of -par-
cept their English governess, i.ties and flirtations, about which
various tutors, and the servants, she managed to squeeze in some
Most of Agnelli's menmories of -training as a nurse. At the be-
childhood evoke the discipline ginning of the war, when her
and isolation of this world. She first love affair ended badly,
writes often of the lure of for-. she bitterly joined the Red
'bidden food like the sweets on Cross and was station-ed on a
-display in Turin's pastfzzerie, hospital ship in the Mediter-
and of the spartan quality r 4 the ranean. Her first-hand experi-
family meals. "Our food was endis with the war aboard the
-what, we disliked the moi.t. I ship accounts for much of her
'think it was part of our Es ilsh maturation and she conveys the
education ... Turnips and meati pathos of senseless death anti
where hard and elastic little cruelty well.
nerves appeared, were myv spe- The style of the book is a
vial nightmare. If you did rotE queer mixture of direct, repor-
finish what was on your,- plate, tonial, British prose and the
it was brought back at the next; more convoluted, poetic, style
I mel. .which Italians .prefer, But this
Her evaluation of, Fascism at is only a technical point, for
this point in her life, when she examples of fine writing abound..
was eleven, is simply that it1
was "inevitable and ludic'rous." MEMOIRS ARE FREQUENT,

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~- Y-as'interesting for what
'FEFAMOUS SEEM alwaysI they leave out as for what they
to be hovering somehr include. Adams wrote the most
in the backaroutnd. At a beach, brilliant autobiography imagin-
h-er widowed mother meets arnd able, yet neglected to disc-uss
falls in love with Curzio MalaA- the period, of his lift in which
parte, the anti-fascist writer who his wife com~mitted suicide and
wa-s "confined" there by Musso- he wrote his classic Hdistory of
lii. A "strange boy" was stay-: the Uited States of, America.
ing with hinm. Mala-parte "dc- -Agnilli's comments "on f;.iscism
scribed the boy, unwashed and ore infrecpuent, oblique, and not
limping, the way he wrote, lv- very convincing. ("That fascism
ing in bed, 'covering all the and antifasc^ism were different
sheets in ink spots to the great -wayvs of fueling - athjt I un-
" derstord years later.") This
After Thomas Jefferson's re- may bo beces-se she is reticent
tirement to Monticello in 1809, 'to confront directly a distaste-
he developed his interest in ed- Ifrl -political reality in which her
ucation, founding. the University family. hcr social class, and the
of Virginia and watcin ts de man who became her hlusband in
velopment. withner-lgi] 1945, were all. closely involved.
interest. Brit that is her prerogative. To
'write that there is something
The office of the attorney missing from this┬░ book 's -mo e.
$eneral was created Sept. 24, of a, regret than u criticismt. On
1789;_ its own terms, rather than on
.1 the ones T might like to inose
CHAR ING CROSS f n it,, We Always Wore .Sailor
'QtK!(S Stn is an appealing, well-writ-
~16 S STA~994~Oten story about a girl who be-
Usied, Fine ornd Srholorly Books came a woman. -
Overt Man..Fri. 114,. Eugene Marino is, a graduate
fat, 1p0-6 ,..stuenrt in journalism.

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