March 16, 1901

Masters of Medicine.

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Thomas Sydenham by John Frank Payne, M.D., Oxon. Fellow and Harveian Librarian of the Royal College of Physicians. Cloth. Pp. 264. Price, $1.25. New York: Longmans, Green & Co. 1900.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(11):752. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470110054022

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The life of Sydenham is not "an open book," and the paucity of material referring to the man and his work makes a satisfactory biography out of the question. The author has placed before the reader all that is known of the "great physician," but no attempt is made to fill in gaps which reliable records have left. To those who had formed a high opinion of Sydenham, without inquiring why he has been placed on the pedestal he seems to occupy in British medicine, the reading of this book will be a disappointment. Not that the author has not done his work well, for he has, but the records do not appear to show that Sydenham was such a remarkable man. If asked what Thomas Sydenham had done that he should be regarded so highly, few would be able to give a satisfactory answer. He is supposed to have

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