Very Much a Lady: The Untold Story of Jean Harris and Dr. Herman Tarnower

Alexander, Shana

Little, Brown, 1983

p. 66

Dr. Herman Tarnower was not only arrogant and rude, but also envious of anybody else’s success, however minor. He ‘not only insisted on putting his own name on any papers written by doctors working under him, standard academic practice in many institutions, he also attempted to prevent other men from getting choice invitations to lecture, or academic or hospital appointments. His envy was at times ludicrous. The most respected and beloved Jewish doctor in White Plains was the late James Flexnor, M.D. Once as Dr. Flexnor came out of a restaurant phone booth, a drunk approached and knocked him down. When a newspaper published a picture of the fallen physician, Tarnower complained to the County Medical Society that Dr. Flexnor had unduly sought personal publicity.’