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October 5, 1964


JAMA. 1964;190(1):61-62. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070140067016

Theg practitioner of the city of New York in the first quarter of the 19th century was one of the fine examples of a skillful physician and a wise citizen who has adorned American medicine in every generation.1 David's father, born in Scotland, was an artillery officer under General Jeffrey Amherst and was wounded at the retaking of Louisburgh. David was consecutively a pupil of McWhorter in the Academy in Newark. NJ. and of Wilson in the Academy in Hackensack where he studied Latin and Greek. Higher education was begun at Columbia College, but, finding his time incompletely engaged, he tutored with Richard Bayley in surgery. The final year of college was spent at Princeton, where he received the BA at the age of twenty. He returned to New York City to resume his medical studies and attended lectures on anatomy, physiology, chemistry, physic, and midwifery. He then proceeded

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