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August 22, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(8):498. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490270030002

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In 1899 appeared "Jugenderinnerungen eines Alten arztes," in which the distinguished clinician, Professor Kussmaul, delighted his students and friends the world over with pictures of his early days in Heidelberg and of his Wanderjahre in other university towns. As an autobiography the work in many respects was unique. The style was charming and the sketches of his old teachers and of the stirring days of '48 proved so entertaining to the profession and the public that five editions were called for within four years. The volume ended with the story of his life as a country doctor in the Black Forest; then a desperate illness (acute paraplegia), gradual recovery, return to Heidelberg—and what seemed to the young doctor with a wife and two children a hopeles tragedy proved to be only the starting point in a career of singular brightness. One thing gave to the work an unusual attractiveness, it

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