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December 6, 1941

The Elegant Eighties When Chicago Was Young

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By Herma Clark. With a foreword by John T. McCutcheon. Cloth. Price, $7.50. Pp. 258, with 36 illustrations. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1941.

JAMA. 1941;117(23):2016. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820490090045

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This book offers a fictitious correspondence between two women who lived in Chicago in the 1880's. That was a period in which medicine in Chicago had many interests. The chapters devoted to 1883 tell the story of Dr. Mary H. Thompson and the Women's and Children's Hospital, where Dr. Sarah Hackett Stevenson began her great career. One hears of the introduction of consumption cures and magnetic belts. The book is made interesting with wonderful reproductions of the personalities who were important in the Chicago of the 1880's. It is beautifully printed and is certain to be a delight to every one who has a taste for the qualities of the more quiet existence of the 1880's. Here too is the story of the founding of the Newberry Library, of the drama and particularly of the interesting society of that period.

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