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November 7, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(19):1142-1144. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490380018001e

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Indexed under the heading "Charlatans," in the magnificent library of ophthalmologic literature of Dr. Casey Wood, there is to be found "The Life and Etraordinary History of the Chevalier, John Taylor, Ophthalmiator, Pontificial, Imperial and Royal; in two volumes; written from authentic materials and published by his son, John Taylor, Oculist; London, 1761." In looking this book over, I happened on Chapter V of the second volume, which is an oration said to have been delivered in the streets of Oxford. I quote this chapter extensively, and when one has read it, I think no apology from me will be necessary for calling attention to it; and when one realizes that this oration is said to have been delivered in the public streets, and after Taylor had sent "his harbingers before him" to deliver his hand bills, I believe the desire is natural to inquire as to what manner

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