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February 27, 1915

With Sabre and Scalpel. The Autobiography of a Soldier and Surgeon.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(9):765. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570350059030

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"The chief purpose of this volume is to record from personal observation something of the social, economic and political conditions which prevailed in the South before, during and immediately after the Civil War." This is the introductory sentence of the introduction. The book is not strictly an autobiography; one is compelled to refer to a brief biography, in the form of an appendix, to learn even when and where the author was born. In the body of the book Dr. Wyeth speaks of visiting Dr. J. Marion Sims, in Paris, "at which time I met for the first time his youngest daughter, named Florence Nightingale"; but he does not say that she later became Mrs. John A. Wyeth. This, however, one learns from the appendix. There is a lack of consecutiveness; in one of the first chapters, of four or five pages, we are carried from the time when, as

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