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The archives of the history of Michigan are replete with episodes and biographies which form authentic sources for a medical history. In 1926, Dr. F. C. Warnshuis, secretary-editor of the state medical society, transmitted President Jackson's appointment of a committee to compile a medical history of Michigan with Dr. C. B. Burr of Flint, chairman. Eleven of the chapters of this book were contributed by Dr. Burr; the remaining chapters were written by Drs. Dempster, Coller, Sawyer and Guy L. Kiefer.
The historical sketch of Michigan's pioneer doctors reveals men of courage who bore the torches as did the preachers and teachers. Though medicine was their calling, they were leaders in all constructive movements. Many are the histories of hardships and privations. By their ingenuity they overcame the handicap imposed by lack of hospitals and nurses and were worthy forerunners of the Michigan men of today.
Dr. Henry B. Belisle
Medical History of Michigan. Volume I.. JAMA. 1930;95(11):819. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720110055031