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January 9, 1943

Castor Oil and Quinine: Once a Doctor, Always a Doctor

JAMA. 1943;121(2):159. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840020067028

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Abstract

The son of an eccentric, masterful and lovable physician has written this very human book about the "Corner Doctor" in New York's old seventh ward in the colorful eighties and nineties, which closed the nineteenth century. Dr. Vandegrift Sr. had an intuitive diagnostic ability and a hypnotic influence over his patients, especially the females, and an unusual amount of common sense, curiosity and energy. With an extraordinary gift for making friends, he hobnobbed with every one from burglars to some of the most famous litterateurs of his day. His medical practice overfilled the office in his home at all hours, and many of his patients had such confidence that they either followed him on his vacations to his farm in Maryland or would often cause him to terminate these short periods by constantly wiring or writing for his quick return to New York. He wore a high hat, opal studs,

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