September 1938

Not So Long Ago: A Chronicle of Medicine and Doctors in Colonial Philadelphia.

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By Cecil K. Drinker, M.D. Price, $3.50. Pp. 183, with 20 illustrations. New York: Oxford University Press, 1937.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1938;62(3):543-544. doi:10.1001/archinte.1938.00180140190015

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The native Bostonian is generally supposed to be a provincial person with a time-honored prejudice in favor of old things that have been established for a good many years and that do not change too rapidly—things like Harvard College, the symphony concerts or the Lowell Lectures. The native Philadelphian almost always can understand the Bostonian point of view, for he too has an inherited prejudice toward old things and likes to recall the days when persons of gentle birth realized the responsibilities entailed in being known as ladies and gentlemen.

"Not So Long Ago" is a charming book. It has about it the flavor of old Madeira and will appeal to any one with a nice palate, particularly any one entertained by the foibles of the dyed-in-the-wool Bostonian or Philadelphian.

Mrs. Elizabeth Drinker was a great lady of Philadelphia. She became associated through marriage with the Drinkers of Beverly who

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