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September 9, 1961

Biographical Sketch and Guide to the Writings of Charles Caldwell, M.D. (1772-1853)

JAMA. 1961;177(10):730. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040360066026

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Bibliomania is an extreme form of the standard occupational disease of all bibliophiles. Dr. Emmet Field Horine, a distinguished medical author and biographer and the owner of a fabulous collection of medical books, has unmistakable signs of this disease. He has recently issued this fascinating book, based on his own private collection. His description of the remarkable chance by which he came upon much of the material is as fascinating as his description of the material itself.

Charles Caldwell was a remarkable figure in American medical history, a man who had vast talents which he never fully deployed or controlled, but instead used them extensively in waspish criticisms of innumerable ex-friends for all manner of imagined slights and fancied failures to recognize and admire the "genius of Caldwell." The employment of phrenology and hypnotism by Caldwell and his curious insights into their medical utility, as well as their limitations, indicate

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