Among the galaxy of physicians during the mid 19th century in Philadelphia, Alfred Stillé was one of William Osler's favorite academic ancestors.1 Stillé prepared the first important general pathology textbook in America, was responsible for a two-volume treatise on therapeutics and materia medica, and wrote several monographs on specific maladies. He was born in Philadelphia where he received his undergraduate and graduate training; however, his attendance for a few months in the undergraduate school at Yale College was terminated by participation in the "conic sections" rebellion.1 The MD degree, bestowed in 1836, was the last of three degrees granted him by the University of Pennsylvania. While a house physician at "Blockley," later incorporated as the Philadelphia General Hospital, Stillé came under the influence of W.W. Gerhard, who differentiated typhoid from typhus fever and who taught and practiced the statistical medicine of Louis of Paris.
The contagiousness of Louis' scholarship
ALFRED STILLÉ (1813-1900). JAMA. 1966;196(11):1017. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100240151042