This year, as the hundredth anniversary of the death of Charles Brockden Brown, one of the earliest of our American novelists, should not be allowed to pass unnoticed among physicians. Brown died from tuberculosis at the early age of thirty-nine. He was one of the men who, like John Addington Symonds and Robert Louis Stevenson, refused to give in to the disease, continued his work bravely, fought off the inevitable as effectively as possible and succeeded in accomplishing a good life's work in spite of his malady. Had he been a “quitter,” tuberculosis would probably have taken him much earlier in life and with nothing done.
A LITERARY CENTENNIAL OF MEDICAL INTEREST. JAMA. 2010;304(24):2752. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1760