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This biographical work will be welcomed by all who love to learn of the old masters in medicine and surgery, and of the work they did. It is written by one who had the happy faculty of telling what he had to tell in a pleasant manner whether by voice or by pen. As a preface or introduction, is given a brief biographical sketch of the author, Sir Benjamin Ward Richardson, by his daughter. He was born in 1828 and entered Anderson's College, Glasgow, as a student in 1845, having among his fellow students one who afterwards gained renown as an African explorer, Dr. David Livingstone. During these student days he had the privilege of being one of the first in his country to witness the use of an anesthetic in a surgical operation. In 1854, after having practiced in various parts of England for short periods under different men,
Disciples of Æsculapius. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(23):1546. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470490044019