September 28, 1912

Franklin's Contribution to Medicine.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(13):1216. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270090460038

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This little book contains an essay which was read in abstract before the Pittsburgh Academy of Medicine, which requested the author to publish it in full. We are given a brief but succinct account of Franklin's life. His close relationship to medicine and to the medical profession is clearly outlined by extracts of his correspondence and by accounts of his participation in the foundation of the Pennsylvania Hospital and the birth of the first medical school in this country. His discovery of Franklinic electricity, his invention of bifocal spectacles, his valuable hygienic teachings, his views as to the contagiousness of colds, and the substantial character of his discussions of various medical topics are set forth largely in his own words by extracts of his correspondence and writings. Though he was not a physician Franklin's contributions to medicine are hardly equaled by any American medical contemporary, and Dr. Diller's book is

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