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February 13, 1937

The Life and Convictions of William Sydney Thayer, Physician

JAMA. 1937;108(7):583-584. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780070067031

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Dr. William Sydney Thayer, of New England stock, was noted as a physician, a humanist, a teacher and a scholar. He entered Harvard at 16 and, although suspended briefly because of a prank, returned and took his B.A. degree with the class of 1885 as Phi Beta Kappa. He then entered the Harvard Medical School, where he was especially interested in pathology. Postgraduate study in Berlin and in Vienna prepared him for the career finally offered to him as assistant to Osler. It was during his early period at Hopkins that he did his most important work as investigator. Miss Reid has prepared this book with the assistance of his secretary, his associates, his students and also from his private letters and diaries. The subject of the volume led a most interesting life in medical organizational affairs, in literature and in many other capacities. All those who were associated with

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