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JAMA 100 Years Ago
April 14, 2004


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(14):1780. doi:10.1001/jama.291.14.1780-b

The other contribution in the Century, referred to above, is by Dr. Weir Mitchell, whose literary achievements have widened his reputation so well earned by his work in medicine. It is in a measure a sort of historical novel, as it is in the form of an assumed autobiography of George Washington. We do not see that Dr. Mitchell has attempted to cultivate or imitate Washington's style as we know it from his state papers and addresses. We doubt whether Washington could have expressed himself anywhere nearly as well as Dr. Mitchell does it for him. Still he might have very naturally thought out the same thoughts and the paper shows a very close study of the early and family history of the father of his country. Medical men will find of interest this latest contribution of a colleague who has reflected honor on the profession in more ways than one.

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