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JAMA 100 Years Ago
June 13, 2007

DR. SAMUEL WARREN AND SURGICAL HISTORY.

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

JAMA. 2007;297(22):2534. doi:10.1001/jama.297.22.2534-a

The one-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Dr. Samuel Warren, whose contemporaries always affectionately called him Sam, and who, a little more than half a century ago, was the most popular writer of fiction in England, was celebrated very quietly in literary circles May 25. Dr. Warren had studied not only medicine but law, and turned aside from both professions to write the best-selling books of his time. He is best known for his “Ten Thousand a Year,” the names of certain characters in which, as, for instance, Oily Gammon and Tittlebat Titmouse, will probably be long used as types of their kind. For physicians, however, his most interesting works are “Passages from the Diary of a Physician” and the “Diary of a Medical Student.” These two books contain probably more material for the inside history of medicine and surgery and medical education in the early part of the nineteenth century than any even of the formal histories of these subjects.

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