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August 5, 1939

MEDICAL HISTORICAL ITEMS SOUGHT

JAMA. 1939;113(6):527. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800310065023

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  The Medical Society of South Carolina was organized in December 1789 and holds its sesquicentennial this year.In looking over the old minutes I find that there are several valuable things that have been lost, and of course we are interested in finding them. Many of the valuable old books disappeared during the occupation of Charleston by federal troops; a few of these were recovered just after the war.Of interest to us is what is called a "portrait miniature" of Dr. Hermann Boerhaave, the celebrated Dutch physician and teacher, 1668-1738. This was presented to the society in 1815 by Dr. Thomas Lining, the grandson of our renowned Dr. John Lining. Dr. Boerhaave presented this himself to Dr. John Lining.Another is a portrait of John Hunter, 1728-1793, presented to this society in 1854. If through your columns we might be able to find these portraits and

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