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Approximately a year ago, I became particularly interested in Daniel Drake, pioneer physician of the Midwest, who was an important factor in establishing 2 medical schools in the Ohio River Valley. An editorial was prepared on Daniel Drake and was published in The Journal, July 15, 1961. Scarcely was this finished when Dr. Horine's full-length biography appeared. The editorial, having been scheduled, was modified to include a reference to this biography. Not long after, Dr. Horine brought to our attention a number of errors in the essay which had been derived from "secondary sources." These were noted under "corrections" in the Sept. 2 issue of The Journal.
The period for preparation of Horine's biography was 32 years. This is rather an extended period of literary research and composition, but the results seem well worth the efforts. Some impression of the magnitude of the job may be gained from the statement
Talbott JH. Daniel Drake (1785-1852). JAMA. 1962;180(8):704-705. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050210066030