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February 17, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(7):478-479. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640340034017

One of the literary events of the year, the celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of "David Harum," one of the most popular novels of the last century, has a particular interest for physicians. Its author was the son of a physician; indeed, the quaint character David Harum was a reflection of Dr. Amos Westcott, the author's father. Dr. Westcott was well known as a physician as well as one of the most conspicuous citizens of Syracuse, N. Y., during the mid-nineteenth century. Incidentally, he was the honored and respected mayor of that city during part of the Civil War. Moreover, Edward Noyes Westcott wrote the book while dying of tuberculosis, and would probably never have had the chance to demonstrate the fact that he had the literary power that he possessed except for the enforced leisure that his disease compelled him to take. He had previously been