by V. Y. Bowditch, A.B., M.D. In Two Volumes. Vols. I and II. Cloth. Pp. 337 and 397 Respectively. Price, $5.00 net. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. 1902.
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There is always a stimulus in reading the life of a great man, especially if, as in this instance, the true inner life—the man himself, his ambitions, his fear, his successes, his failures—is depicted. While Dr. H. I. Bowditch, in his time, was one of the leading physicians of Boston (he always eschewed surgery), he was better known in his early professional life as a leader among the abolitionists. He took up the anti-slavery cause at the very beginning, when it was unpopular, even in Boston, to do so, and no one was more aggressive in the cause than he. It is not to be wondered at, then, that the greater part of the book is devoted to this phase in his career, much as we might have wished it were otherwise and that more of the volumes had been given up to the medical side of his life. The
Life and Correspondence of Henry Ingersoll Bowditch,. JAMA. 1903;XL(8):530-531. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490080048017