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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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“Now I Think Nobody Can Keep Me from Becoming a Doctor”

“Now I Think Nobody Can Keep Me from Becoming a Doctor”

(p.63) 6 “Now I Think Nobody Can Keep Me from Becoming a Doctor”
Science as Autobiography

Thomas Söderqvist

Yale University Press

This chapter describes how Niels Jerne started over. Nearly four years had passed since Niels had interrupted his premedical studies, during which time he had hardly touched his textbooks. He arranged for a place in the medical chemistry laboratory exercises and took the premedical science courses once more. Most of this was repetition, which allowed him plenty of time to play chess and browse in the library and secondhand bookshops. He borrowed or bought literature on the relationship between art and medicine, on the history of medicine, and especially on history in general, for example, the Dutch historian Johan Huizinga's recently published Homo ludens, on the play element in human culture. Most of Niels's leisure reading in history concerned the opposite of playfulness, however.

Keywords:   Niels Jerne, premedical studies, medical chemistry, library, secondhand bookshops, history of medicine, Johan Huizinga, Homo ludens

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