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The Editor of the Lancet
Sir Squire Sprigge, editor of the Lancet, died within a few days of completing his seventy-seventh year. He was in active work almost to the end. Educated at Cambridge and St. George's Hospital, he graduated in medicine in 1887 but from the first showed a literary bent and no desire to take up practice, though he held various resident and traveling appointments. He wrote short stories in magazines and did some medical reviewing. He became secretary to Sir Russell Reynolds, whom he assisted in his literary work. He also became secretary to the Society of Authors, of which he later was chairman. The key to his important career is that he was the literary man turned medical journalist, a description which does not apply to any other member of that profession. At the end of 1892 he joined the staff of the Lancet on probation,
Foreign Letters. JAMA. 1937;109(5):367-372. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780310045018