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November 23, 1912

Dr. Robert Fletcher: An Appreciation

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Washington, D. C.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(21):1907-1908. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270110321029

To the Editor:  —With the death of Dr. Robert Fletcher, principal assistant librarian of the Surgeon-General's Library for nearly thirty-five years, there passed away a nestor of medicine who was looked up to and honored everywhere for his intensive labors in medical bibliography, his rare scholarship and that courteous and cheerful spirit of helpfulness which, in the words of Dr. Howard Kelly, "has endeared him to the entire profession of the United States." Almost 90 when he died, his span of life, like Heberden's, extended over nearly a century, and with Heberden the scholar, as distinguished from the clinician, he had many points of resemblance. In his lifetime, lie had seen and met personalities so various and so widely separated in time as Sir Astley Cooper and Halsted, Daniel Drake and Sir William Osler, Emerson

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