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February 29, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(9):435. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430610037005

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In the London Lancet for January 4, Dr. William Osler, of the Johns Hopkins University, gives an interesting historical contribution concerning the Seventeenth Century physician who gave to the world the immortal Dover's powder. According to Dr. Munk, librarian of the Royal College of Physicians of England, quoted by Dr. Osler, Dr. Dover was a Bachelor of Medicine of the University of Cambridge, but the name does not appear on the list of graduates. Thomas Dover was born in Warwickshire about 1660, and after studying at Cambridge and with the famous Dr. Sydenham, settled down at Bristol, for centuries the home port for adventurers, privateers, and slave traders. He was nearly fifty when he joined in a commercial and piratical venture with a number of Bristol merchants. Two ships, the Duke and the Duchess were fitted out for a voyage to the South Seas, from which William Dampier, the circumnavigator

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