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June 18, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(25):697-700. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391500025010

Dear Dr. Fenger:  —On Sunday evening, March 27, I called at the residence of Mr. Lawson Tait in Birmingham. As dinner-time was near at hand, I was invited to remain to meet some of his personal and professional friends. As I had been in training for some time to acquire the proficiency of eating two dinners in rapid succession, I readily consented to avail myself of this opportunity to meet the great laparotomist in the sanctum of his own home. Mrs. Tait is proud of the distinction her husband has attained, and takes a deep interest in his work. I found it quite difficult to keep Mr. Tait in the channel of thought for discussing subjects of professional interest upon which I wished to obtain information. The evening was devoted to social pleasures and the many good things spread upon the table, and I had to submit to the inevitable.