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March 14, 1966

William Osler or Francis Darwin

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Watertown, NY

JAMA. 1966;195(11):970. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100110138048

To the Editor:—  The editorial "Credit for Discovery (194:1006, 1965) ascribed the dictum "... in science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs" to William Osler.In my little book, Anesthesia in Ophthalmology,1 I have credited the statement to F. Darwin, writing in the Eugenics Review in 1914. I think I found the reference in "Bibliotheca Osleriana" or elsewhere in Osler's papers in the Osler Library at McGill University, but I am not sure. I hope that I have not been incorrect.

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