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August 5, 1968

The Gold-Headed Cane

JAMA. 1968;205(6):472. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140320166033

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This attractive facsimile edition was prepared in commemoration of the 450th anniversary of the granting in 1518 of the Royal Charter by King Henry VIII to the Royal College of Physicians, London. It was introduced in Boston at a joint convocation of the London College and the 49th Annual Session of the American College of Physicians. Although the author of the original edition published in 1827 as well as the second edition was not identified, the anonymity was not a well-kept secret. Thus it is appropriate that the facsimile copy of The Gold-Headed Cane is supplemented by a colored portrait of Macmichael on the frontispiece and a biographical introduction by Thomas Hunt, MD. A further commendable feature is the interesting and annotated notes by the author on the interleafs. The contents is a description of the practice of physic in London more than two centuries ago as recounted by Radcliffe,