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May 14, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(20):555-557. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391450023010

Alexander Ogston—Osteotomy for Pes Planum— Antisepsis in the Aberdeen Hospital—Lumbar Abscess—Fungous Osteo-myelitis of Femur—Dr. Keith —His Method of Operating—Treatment of the Pedicle—Suturing the Abdominal Wall.

Dear Dr. Fenger:  —One of the principal objects of my tour through Scotland was to see in the flesh the man whose name I had so repeatedly mentioned to my class, the discoverer of the pus-microbes, Professor Alexander Ogston, of Aberdeen. While the scientific world knows but little of Aberdeen, its Hospital and its University, the name of Ogston has penetrated to all parts of the civilized world. Dr. Ogston is a man in the prime of life, tall, and handsome. Although a profound scholar, an able surgeon, and a splendid writer, he is one of the most modest men I have ever met; a good illustration that greatness is not incompatible with modesty, but rather the reverse. In my conversation with him I could

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