October 27, 1883


JAMA. 1883;I(16):489-491. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390160025005

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The principal event of medical interest in this city at the present time is the official dedication of the stately building recently erected for the medical department of Harvard University. In a former letter the serious damage to this structure by fire was mentioned, which delayed its opening for four months, but this has now been repaired and great preparations are made for its formal delivery to the faculty. The event promises to be attended with unusual interest from the fact that at the same time a life-size portrait of Prof. Oliver Wendell Holmes is to be unveiled, which is to grace its principal hall, and a bust of Prof. Henry J. Bigelow is to be presented to the college. The most brilliant feature of the literary exercises is expected in the oration which will be delivered by Prof. Holmes, and is supposed to be his last official act in

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