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To the Editor:
—The sudden death of Dr. Mortimer Frank of Chicago, of whom an obituary appeared in The Journal April 26, was a shock to those of us in the East who had come to know him especially as a research worker in medical history.Dr. Frank began the study of medical history in his papers on the charlatan oculists, "John Taylor and Sir William Read" (1905), which were followed by others on the Resurrectionists (1907), "Philip Syng Physick" (1911), "Caricature in Medicine" (1911), "Medicine in English Literature Before the Eighteenth Century" (1912), and "Medical Instruction in the Seventeenth Century" (1915). In 1915, he became secretary of the Chicago Society of Medical History and editor of its Bulletin, which he much improved in style and format. In 1916, Dr. Frank was invited to read his paper on the "Discovery of the Secretory Glands" before the Medical History Clubs at
F. H. Garrison. DR. MORTIMER FRANK (1874-1919)—A MEDICAL HISTORIAN. JAMA. 1919;72(21):1562. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610210058028