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January 13, 1962


JAMA. 1962;179(2):160-161. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050020054012

Matthew Baillie, wise clinician and industrious morbid anatomist, was born on Oct. 27, 1761, at the Manse of Shots, in the county of Lanark, Scotland. His father, the Reverend James Baillie, Professor of Divinity in the University of Glasgow, died shortly before Matthew began his medical education under William Hunter. His mother, Dorothea Hunter, was a sister of William and John Hunter. The influence of the distinguished physicians on the nephew in the decision of Law vs. Theology vs. Medicine most likely was the determining factor.

At the University of Glasgow, Matthew's courses included Greek, Latin, Logic, and Moral Philosophy. Classical education was continued at Balliol, Oxford for 1 year; then he went to London to study with William Hunter.1

In no department of life do men rise to eminence who have not gone through a severe course of study and elaborate preparation; for, whatever be the difference in