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It would be impossible to write the life of Percy Howe and evaluate his contributions to dentistry without first becoming acquainted with the Forsyth brothers and their dental clinic for children that their philanthropy made possible.
Percy Howe would have been a success without the Forsyth brothers. At the age of 50 he was at a loss to know what to do with all the people who wished his dental service. His concern was with causes and relations and reasons. The Forsyth Infirmary made it possible to satisfy this dynamic and scientific curiosity.
It seems ironical that Scotch Forsyth brothers should leave a memorial for children to perpetuate the family name, a name that left no children. Two of the five brothers married and were childless.
During a dental appointment, lonely old James Forsyth asked Dr. Ervin A. Johnson of the Tufts Dental School, "If you had a large sum
Dr. Howe and the Forsyth Infirmary.. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1953;85(3):388-389. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1953.02050070400010