The writing of my book, 50 Shades of Domestic Violence, has been heavily influenced by Dr. Beeson and his famous "Textbook of Medicine".
Paul Bruce Beeson (18 October 1908 – 14 August 2006) was an American physician and professor of medicine, specializing in infectious diseases and the pathogenesis of fever.
In 1981 the Yale School of Medicine established the Paul B. Beeson professorship in internal medicine. From 1950 to 1954 he was editor for Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine (London, McGraw-Hill). From 1959 to 1982 he was a co-editor for the Cecil-Loeb Textbook of Medicine (Philadelphia/London, Saunders). He published The Eosinophil (Philadelphia/London, Saunders) in 1977. For The Oxford Companion to Medicine (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1986), he was a co-editor with Sir Ronald Bodley Scott and then with Lord Walton after Bodley Scott's death.
William Hollingsworth's Taking Care: The Legacy of Soma Weiss, Eugene Stead and Paul Beeson (1995) and Richard Rapport's Physician: The Life of Paul Beeson (2001) explain the importance of Beeson's career.
Courtesy of Wikipedia
With the death of Paul Beeson, American medicine has lost one of its greatest and best-loved champions," said Dr. William Bremner. "It is a loss that we feel acutely here at the University of Washington, where Dr. Beeson spent the very beginning and the very end of his long and productive academic career."
Writing to then-dean Robert Van Citters, Petersdorf called Beeson “a marvelous man who will add tremendously to the intellectual atmosphere not only of the Department of Medicine and the VA Hospital but of the entire University.” That prediction was realized as Beeson made ward rounds at the VA for half of each year, attended professor’s rounds, and involved himself in clinical and educational activities throughout the system, as well as community affairs.
"Paul Beeson was a giant in medicine--by his very presence and by his blending of superb clinical care, teaching, and research," said Dr. Henry Rosen.