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Earle Scarlett has made it clear how exciting notebooks and commonplace books may be in the Zebulun Column published in the Archives of Internal Medicine and in the Medical Jackdaw published in Group Practice. Recently, Hebbel Hoff, Gulliemin, and Sakitz have shared with the reader real excitement in publishing some of Claude Bernard's unpublished fugitive notes originally recorded on stray sheets and pieces of paper in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine. Nearly 35 years ago the Oxford University Press published an elegant little book, The Note-Book of Edward Jenner. The manuscript came into the possession of the Royal College of Physicians of London from Dr. Marsten who did not say how he had come into possession of it. Edward Jenner was perpetually being goaded to take time off from his busy but pleasant medical practice to gather information on natural history subjects for John Hunter. He was admitted to the
Bean WB. The Note-Book of Edward Jenner.. Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(6):744. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03860180116024