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November 7, 1908

An Alabama Student, and Other Biographic Essays.

JAMA. 1908;LI(19):1617-1618. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540190055019

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Abstract

This is a series of addresses delivered during the years 1894-1906 before various societies, all but two—those on Sir Thomas Brown and on Harvey and His Discoveries (Harvey Oration, 1906) having been delivered in this country. "The Alabama Student," who gives the title to the book, was Dr. John Y. Bassett of Huntsville, Alabama, who died in 1851; "a man of whom you have never heard, whose name is not written on the scroll of fame, but who heard the call and forsook all and followed his ideal." The story of Bassett is told mostly by quotations from his letters and from his writings. It is the story of a country doctor who was a remarkable man in many ways, but especially in the courage he displayed and the sacrifice he made in his determination to perfect himself for his chosen work. This determination caused him, after building up a

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