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Pediatric Biographies
February 1931

SAMUEL BARD 1742-1821

Am J Dis Child. 1931;41(2):396-400. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1931.01940080174014

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Had it not been for the Rev. John McVicker, it is highly probable that we would not know much about Samuel Bard, but fortunately in the "Domestic Narrative of the Life of Samuel Bard," he has left a considerable amount of interesting detail concerning one of the most remarkable medical characters of the Revolutionary Period (see "Pediatrics of the Past"). The grandfather, Peter Bard, left France after the revocation of the edict of Nantes, preferring to make the voyage to America rather than renounce his faith. Bard's father was named John, and he practiced medicine in Philadelphia. He was a deeply religious man, a trait which was passed on to Samuel, who was born on April 11, 1742. He was a bright boy, and it is related that his mother wrote to the school teacher: "If Peter does not know his lessons excuse him—if Sam, punish him for he can

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