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March 31, 1923

The Gold-Headed Cane.

JAMA. 1923;80(13):949. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640400065045

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Four editions of the "Gold Headed Cane" have appeared previous to the one here reviewed, the first in 1827 and the second in 1828; the third edition, published in 1884, was edited by William Munk and supplied with notes, and continued the narrative up to the year 1858; in 1915 an edition was issued with an introduction by Sir William Osler and the preface by F. R. Packard, and this edition was reprinted in 1920. The present edition is printed as a quarto on large sheets with wide margins. It is edited and has an introduction by George C. Peachey, who has also provided notes concerning some of the other characters mentioned in the book. The "Gold Headed Cane" is one of the classics of English medical history. Readers will no doubt remember that the cane is assumed to have passed through the hands of Radcliffe, Mead, Askew, the Pitcairns

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