May 4, 1901

Mark Twain and "The Doctor" in Innocents Abroad.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(18):1265. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470180047017

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Chicago, April 23, 1901.

To the Editor:  —Every little while there appears a statement in one of our medical journals concerning some doctor who is or was—for this statement usually appears in an obituary notice "the original of Mark Twain's doctor in 'Innocents Abroad.' " There is, accordingly, a possibility that the original doctor of "Innocents Abroad" may become as numerous as the original Uncle Tom of Mrs. Stowe's famous novel. I have no doubt that these statements are all made in good faith; the explanation doubtless being that the particular person of whom the statement is made has been such a jovial, clever good fellow that he might have been the original of Mark Twain's doctor even if he is not. and so the tradition had gradually grown up around him.In order to settle the question I wrote to Mr. S. L. Clemens (Mark Twain) a few days ago

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