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Through words spoken by an old Confederate surgeon, who is a myth, into a modern phonograph, which is also a myth, the editor of the Texas Medical Journal tells a lot of good stories in a capital manner. Many of these are of the old times, "befo' and durin' the wah," when the doctor was in his "sappy"' days. They tell of surgery and surgeons before the words "antiseptic" or "aseptic" were heard of. Most of the stories are full of humor, many of pathos, and a very few are positively sad. But all are good. They will make an excellent remedy for an attack of the blues. When one is tired and weary of life, two or three of these stories, taken on a full stomach— not too full—will remove that "tired feeling" immediately.
Recollections of a Rebel Surgeon (and other stories) or in the Doctors' Sappy Days.. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(3):188–189. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460030062031