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July 1965

Jonathan Hutchinson

Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(1):1-3. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870010003001

EVERY now and then if one probes into the background as well as the foreground of some legatee of eponymic immortality he may be astonished at what turns up. Hutchinson, whose name I first learned from an enthusiastic syphilographer and dermatologist as the describer of a special kind of blighted tooth given to a child as a legacy of a bleaker kind, interested me particularly because of some casually denigrating remarks that were made about him by some writers of asides of medical history. I cannot remember who the denigrator was. Why was Hutchinson so bemused by fish as a cause of leprosy? Why was knighthood delayed so long as to be almost posthumous? He had been knighted in what I thought seemed a capital example of either forgetfulness or afterthought when he must have been about as old as Winston Churchill was when he died. I did not

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