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Science as AutobiographyThe Troubled Life of Niels Jern$
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Thomas Soderqvist

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300094411

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300094411.001.0001

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“The Happiness of Feeling Superior to a Lot of People”

“The Happiness of Feeling Superior to a Lot of People”

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Science as Autobiography

Thomas Söderqvist

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Niels Jerne's internship; in the late 1940s he was a widower, the father of two sons, and a middle-aged man with a medical degree. He had only to go through his internship to be certified as a physician, though the staff at the Serum Institute had already begun calling him Dr. Jerne. On 1 February 1947, a week after his final examination, he started work in the medical department of Rigshospitalet. Judging from the lack of archival material for that year, the internship took most of his time. The night watches gave him leisure to read; receipts from bookstores indicate that he was devouring books as never before and, as usual, was hungry for everything: history, novels, philosophy.

Keywords:   Niels Jerne, internship, widower, medical degree, physician, Serum Institute, medical department, Rigshospitalet

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