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October 8, 1910

Michael Servetus.

JAMA. 1910;55(15):1316-1317. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330150076042

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Probably no more remarkable man ever lived than Michael Servetus; but, hounded by both Catholics and reformers, and by Calvin especially, his books destroyed almost as soon as printed, and himself burned at the stake in his early manhood, he accomplished practically nothing, and his influence on his own and succeeding generations has been nil. Finding opposition and persecution on every hand, he temporarily gave up his theologic writings and studied medicine, and for several years had a large practice. But the temptation was too strong and he again became involved in a fight with the theologians. In the present work Professor Odhner discusses and defends not only Servetus the theologian, but Servetus the man. The book is of medical interest simply because Servetus was a physician; it will appeal especially to theologians and has a value as a historical contribution to the subject of martyrs to religion.

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