JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.
Von Bergmann died the other day—but not before he was able to feel the esteem in which his fellow-countrymen, both professional and lay, held him. When recently he had attained to three score and ten his birthday was made the occasion of a national expression of very real affection. Truly, apart from his labors as scientist and surgeon, he had done the state some service. In appreciation some forty delegations called on him, bringing gifts of every kind, and they consumed over five hours in passing before him. The universities were impressively represented. He had been very zealous during three wars and had served his government in other capacities; wherefore the Ministers of War and of Education were present to make acknowledgment of these debts. Men notable in the arts, in music and the drama paid tribute to his profound sympathies and culture, such as are characteristic of the highest type of German scholarship. Four important works were published in commemoration of this great birthday. He was probably most touched by the fact that, at a banquet held on the invitation of the Berlin Medical Society, and attended by over 500 distinguished people, his wife and daughters being present, were toasted in recognition of what they (das Ewig Weibliche) had done for him and through him for humanity.
THE EUROPEAN WAY.. JAMA. 2007;297(15):1723. doi:10.1001/jama.297.15.1723