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July 17, 1937

Current Comment

JAMA. 1937;109(3):212. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780290034013

SIR SQUIRE SPRIGGE—AN EMINENT JOURNALIST  The death on June 17 of Sir Squire Sprigge, editor of the Lancet since 1909, marked the end of a great career in medical journalism. The history of the London Lancet and its founding have been previously recited in "The Life and Times of Thomas Wakley," written by him. It is interesting to learn that Sir Squire Sprigge received the cablegram which offered him a post on the Lancet when he was attending the Columbian Exposition in 1893. In 1909, at the age of 48, Squire Sprigge was promoted to the sole editorship. Since that time he had done much to advance medical education and to reform the curriculum in the interest of broad general knowledge. As editor of the Lancet he contributed largely to medical and general literature. Sir Squire Sprigge was the son of a physician; he had an innate feeling for medical