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Dr. Kelly's aim has been to give "a brief outline of the life of every medical worthy who has lived in the United States and in Canada," meaning by "worthy," "a man who has been distinguished, either as an original thinker, a writer, as a teacher or great leader in medicine in any part of the country." Over 1,200 biographies are included.
The chronologic scope of the work is indicated by the fact that it embraces biographies of Lawrence Bohune, first physician-general to the colony of Virginia, of John Morgan, founder of the first medical school in America, and of Joseph Warren, the Revolutionary hero who fell at Bunker Hill, as well as of men whose deaths seem to have occurred but yesterday, like that of Howard Taylor Ricketts, who died in 1910 of typhus contracted during the investigation of its cause. Among them are biographies not only of medical
A Cyclopedia of American Medical Biography. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(22):1717. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060066038