EVEN THE casual tourist at Oxford must be impressed by the considerable, not to say magnificent, legacies which keep alive the memory of the name of John Radcliffe. Whether it be the austere splendors of the Radcliffe Camera originally for medical books, or the fascinating clinical conglomerate of the Public Infirmary known as the Radcliffe Infirmary, or the extensive collection of Radcliffeana in the Bodleian Library, or the Radcliffe Observatory itself, wide and far the evidence is impressive.
Late in his life when Radcliffe was in a way grooming Mead to be his successor he saw him often. He is said to have remarked on one occasion in a tone of great earnestness and sincerity "some day or other, the alma mater where I was bred shall receive from me substantial proofs of the true concern I feel for the welfare of the cause of learning: whereas I have grown
Bean WB. John Radcliffe. Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(6):633-636. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03860180005001