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This interesting biography is based on the papers that Lyman Spalding left behind him, which fortunately fell into the hands of a grandson who fully appreciated their unusual value. The book consists largely of letters from physicians to Dr. Spalding, only a few copies of his own letters having been found. Interwoven with these letters are accurate accounts and interesting anecdotes of their writers and many of the chief persons mentioned in the letters, so that mention is made of a large number of the leading physicians in this country in the time of Dr. Spalding. The reader follows with growing interest the career of a distinguished but hitherto little known man in medicine. For in addition to the important work indicated in the title of the book, Lyman Spalding was really the first to test publicly the efficacy of vaccination as a preventive of smallpox, which he did in
Dr. Lyman Spalding. The Originator of the United States Pharmacopoeia, Co-Laborer with Dr. Nathan Smith in the Founding of the Dartmouth Medical School, and Its First Chemical Lecturer; President and Professor of Anatomy and Surgery of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the Western District, at Fairfield, N. Y.. JAMA. 1917;LXIX(8):666. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590350068031