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July 11, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(2):102-103. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430800044006

Noticing Dr. William M. Munk's "Life of Sir Henry Halford," who was by his enemies dubbed the "Eel-backed Baronet" on account of his deep and oft-repeated bows, the Saturday Review (June 13) recalls the story told by Mr. Bransby Cooper, in his "Life of Sir Astley Cooper," of Sir Henry's three profound formal bows to Lord Liverpool when he entered the room in which his lordship was lying on a sofa, utterly insensible, under the attack of apoplexy, from the effects of which he eventually died. The Review says that he seems to have contributed nothing to the science which, after all, lies behind the practice of medicine; he relied chiefly on his soothing manners and on what he delighted to call the vis medicatrix naturœ, and, in nearly every respect, he might be taken as the "glorified example of the successful medical tradesman." On the other hand, in one

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