June 6, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(23):1586-1587. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490230038006

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The American Monthly Magazine, the organ of a patriotic society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, in its April issue gives a complete account of Dr. Lyman Hall, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The Journal has in the past noted the fact that nearly 9 per cent. of the members of the Continental Congress that settled the question of our independence were medical men of the day, but this does not yet seem to be generally known. Such a man as Rush was sufficiently prominent in medicine and in the early statesmanship of the country to be remembered in both, but Dr. Hall, like Drs. Thornton, Bartlett and Wolcott, is seldom mentioned in his medical professional relations and in connection with his part in establishing the liberties of this country.

The account given of Dr. Hall shows him to have been a very striking character in

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