The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 90, July 1986 - April, 1987

Book Reviews

mony took place, he watched early military aviation come of age during
the "Rim-of-The-U.S.A. Flite," a flight that circumnavigated the coun-
try to promote aviation. After his retirement in 1927, Tompkins lived in
San Antonio until his death at the Station Hospital, Fort Sam Houston,
in 1939.
Carroll has written a warm, moving, human biography of a profane
but beloved, larger-than-life Old Army legend. The author allows
Tompkins to speak for himself throughout the story, both in quotes and
in his literary efforts, and this brings the reader face-to-face with
Tompkins the man. Numerous photographs illustrate Tommy's career,
and there are several excellent photographs of posts in Texas, espe-
cially Forts Bliss and Sam Houston. Obviously a labor of love, this
splendidly produced volume will be the definitive work on Colonel
Tompkins. It deserves a home in the library of those intrigued by the
Seventh Cavalry, the Indian-fighting army, Texas or western history.
The University of Texas at Austin ALLAN R. PURCELL
Reflections and Observations: Essays of Denton A. Cooley. Collected by
Marianne Kneipp. Foreword by Arthur Hailey. (Austin: Eakin
Press, 1984. Pp. xviii+240, Foreword, introduction, editor's note,
about the author, photographs. $14.95.)
This collection is intended as a celebration of the career of the fa-
mous heart surgeon, Denton A. Cooley. The editor, Marianne Kneipp,
hoped to display his "tireless dedication, his incredible talents, his
dogged determination to do things better, his constant pursuit of excel-
lence," and expected that "much could be learned and gained from the
insights he has garnered in his years of dealing with life and death, as
much as probably any other human being" (p. xiv). In a brief foreword,
author Arthur Hailey, recipient of a quadruple bypass operation and
thereby one of the "Cooley living monuments" (p. viii) expands those
expectations. Not content merely to thank the surgeon for "a multitude
of men and women who would otherwise be dead," he proclaims him a
"philosopher, scholar and accomplished writer," properly in the com-
pany of Hippocrates, John Locke, and Sir William Osler, among others
(p. ix). An obviously sensitive Dr. Cooley notes in his introduction that
the collection includes "an excessive and undeserved laudation of my
career and myself," and rates the comparison of his literary abilities
with the great writers of medicine as "downright ludicrous and embar-
rassing" (p. xiii). Nonetheless, he is willing to "let the reader be the
judge" (p. xiii).
Readers who want a quick sense of the surgeon's life will appreciate
the sixty-one photographs, including Dr. Cooley as a baby, growing up,

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 90, July 1986 - April, 1987. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117152/. Accessed July 22, 2014.