PRAISE FOR When to Act and When to Refrain

“Marvin Stone is a classical triple-threat medical academic: accomplished in biomedical research, expert in his clinical field, and revered teacher. For those interested in how such a career trajectory happens, he has written a book of immense value. Dr. Stone is a scholar but not a pedant. His memoir is warm, articulate, accessible, and informative. His book describes a relatively seamless merger of the elements of his career, extending from biochemical and genetic mechanisms of disease to expert and compassionate clinical care. Beyond that, it addresses concern for ethical issues in patient care and research and discusses examples of greats in the history of medicine, especially William Osler–in effect, past mentors who, though now silent, still speak to their clinical descendants. The book will be especially valuable to the young in medicine, from students through trainees to junior faculty. It is a clear, coherent description of the kinds of settings, people, and opportunities that underpin a successful and satisfying career in medicine. It will more than repay the hours spent in its company.”

—Jeremiah A. Barondess, MD,
William T. Foley Distinguished Professor in Clinical Medicine
Weill-Cornell Medical College

“Heavily influenced by the works of William Osler, Stone approached his roles as cancer researcher, administrator, educator, and clinician with unwavering idealism and commitment to professionalism and humanism. This remarkable memoir is a gift to the legions of patients and medical professionals whose lives were enhanced by his guidance and support–and to anyone interested in where medicine has been in the past 60 years and where it’s going.”

—Wendy S. Harpham, MD, FACP
author of
Healing Hope: Through and Beyond Cancer

“A question–‘What am I doing here?’ –begins Marvin Stone’s richly insightful memoir. The pages that follow provide an answer to how he would spend his life: learning, healing, teaching, cheering for Ohio State football (nobody’s perfect), treating others with compassion–and above all serving as a modern manifestation of Sir William Osler. The writing, clear and understated, reflects the man: Think of this book as the opportunity for an extended conversation with a gently inspirational physician/humanist.”

—Dennis M. Kratz, PhD
Ignacy and Celina Rockover Professor of Humanities and Dean,
School of Arts and Humanities, The University of Texas at Dallas

“Marvin Stone has written a splendid memoir. It describes the life of a physician devoted to his profession, his patients, his quest for new knowledge, his students, his principled ideals, and his supportive family. Grounded by superior training, outstanding role models, mentors, and inspirational historical and lifelong colleagues, he describes the excitement of a full medical life. His scholarship, humility, and wonderful capacity for friendship with mentors, patients, and colleagues provide an uplifting read for both those in and out of medicine.”

–William C. Roberts, MD
Editor in Chief,
American Journal of Cardiology and Baylor Proceedings