November 1961

Daniel Drake (1785-1852): Pioneer Physician of the Midwest

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Communications to this department may be sent directly to Dr. William B. Bean, University Hospitals, State University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, or to the Chief Editor for transmittal to him.


By Emmet Field Horine, M.D. Price, $6. Pp. 425, with 35 illustrations. Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1961.

Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(5):796-802. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620110136018

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A biography thirty-two years in preparation is likely to contain all the available information about the subject. Where the author is as thorough and meticulous as Emmet Field Horine, this becomes more than likely. On this score one can have nothing but the highest admiration and praise for this careful chronicle of the life of one of America's great physicians. Horine gathered the bulk of the material for his book when he served as Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, a post analogous to that held by Daniel Drake in that very school a century before. For the final six years of his tenure Horine also was Chief of the Medical History Section at that University.

Whoever has read Drake's hauntingly lovely record of pioneer life (Daniel Drake, M.D.: Pioneer Life in Kentucky, edited from the original manuscript, with introductory comments and biographical sketch

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