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November 7, 1908

Thomas Linacre.

JAMA. 1908;LI(19):1618. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540190056021

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This little work constitutes the first of a series of annual Linacre lectures at Cambridge, substituted by St. John's College (with which the original foundation rests) for the lectureship rendered vacant on the translation of Dr. Donald MacAlister from Cambridge to Glasgow. Osler appropriately devotes his lecture to a brief biographical note of the great English physician and then, after the style that it is fashionable to term an "appreciation," discusses Linacre as a medical humanist and as a grammarian. The little volume closes with an account of the Linacre foundations—the Linacre lectureships at Oxford and Cambridge, and the much more important Royal College of Physicians of London, of which Linacre was not only one of the founders, but in 1518 the first president. The work is embellished with two portraits of Linacre and six reproductions of title pages of the more famous of Linacre's works. It collects from many

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