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December 4, 1937

Immortal Names and Other Poems

JAMA. 1937;109(23):1933. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780490071041

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Many of the poems in this book were printed in the Cambridge University Society Magazine and in the St. George's Hospital Gazette. The poems of the author are collected under various headings, including "Immortal Names," "Travel Sketches," "The Quest Eternal," "Miscellaneous" and "Trifles." The poems are mostly in sonnet form and practically all have a definite medical interest. The author is an active practitioner of medicine and also an authority on prehistoric trephining. The book is beautifully printed. The poems present a considerable inequality. Those dealing with the immortal names are of an exceedingly high order. Especially interesting, however, is one called "The Family Doctor—A. D. 2028," which begins:

The General Practitioner is now, alas, no more:

Gone are his lamp and speaking tube, the plate upon his door.

By Britain he was once beloved and wanted in his way,

But constant Socialistic schemes have spoilt his kingly sway.


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