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April 10, 1967


JAMA. 1967;200(2):164-165. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120150120031

Arthur Keith, comparative anatomist, physical k anthropologist, embryologist, and champion of Darwinism, was born on a small farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.1 Believing he was drawn to the soil, Keith left school for a time to study farming; however, he soon realized his mistake and began his higher education at Gordon's College at the University of Aberdeen. He studied medicine at Marischal College, graduated MB in 1888, and entered general practice in Mansfield. Subsequently, he succumbed to the temptation of serving as medical officer at a gold mine in Siam. Both before and after the mine failed, he turned to less glamorous work, dissecting indigenous gibbons and monkeys in the surrounding jungle. For his anatomical researches he received, upon his return, the Struthers medal and the anatomy prize at Aberdeen University. After further study at University College, London, and at the University of Leipzig, he received the MD degree, with