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ONE of the diverting things about history is the way ii: which it abounds in instances of pleasant irony. Mackintosh is talked of when there is a shower of rain, Blücher and Wellington are remembered as much by boots as by battles. It is even possible that some day Gladstone may be thought of as a man who invented a bag. Many such vagaries may be found in medical history. What could be more wildly absurd to the physician hemmed in by his scientific categories than to be told that from the world of medicine have come shorthand, the creation of Timothy Bright; the Biblical criticism of Jean Astruc, 18th century teacher of medicine and encyclopedist; the writings of Thomas Bowdler whose efforts at domesticating Shakespeare have given us the word bowdlerize; a companion to the Dictionary, the Thesaurus of the London physician, Peter Mark Roget; a popular philosophy of
Scarlett EP. Doctor William Dunlop The Tiger of Canada West. Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(5):780-785. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870050134021