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July 24, 1967

James Bridie, or Osborne H. Mavor

JAMA. 1967;201(4):272-273. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130040068027

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To the Editor:—  The subject of Dr. Corner's article "A Man With a Fine Talent for Idleness" (200:53, 1967), James Bridie, does not seem to be as well known in the United States as he deserves.Because of his activities at the university, Bridie belonged to that group of people who, in a different environment, might have been called dilettantes. Yet, to my knowledge, as Dr. Osborne H. Mavor he was a professor of medicine at Anderson College in Glasgow. Undoubtedly, his training as a medical student was important, as Dr. Corner points out, to many of his plays. It is difficult to think of him separately from the word "puckish." When he had failed his anatomy three times and a new professor named Price arrived, Bridie's poem in the university magazine concluded, "O Price, let thrice suffice." So it came to pass.Unfortunately, like much of minority dialect