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September 1, 1962

The Monros of Edinburgh

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JAMA. 1962;181(9):806. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050350068027

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To the Editor:—  In general, I have been pleased with your recent emphasis on medical history in The Journal, but your editorial (JAMA180:58 [April 7] 1962) on the 3 Alexander Monros of Edinburgh clouded the issue somewhat. Nowhere can I find a good word for Alexander Tertius, who, like all inferior sons trading on the names of their fathers, appears to have been a complete waste of time. The dynasty effectively died with his father, not with him.Garrison (Introduction to History of Medicine, [4th ed.] Philadelphia: Saunders, 1929) quotes Lonsdale as follows: "[Tertius] unconcernedly at noon ate cranberry tarts in the midst of grinning students at a small pastry cook's, and with digestion unimpaired the next hour read his grandfather's essays on hydrophobia as part of an anatomical course."Garrison also says: "John Bell assailed 'the windy and wordy school,' and of Monro said, 'in Dr. Monro's

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