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February 9, 1889

DR. OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES AND THE BOSTON MEDICAL LIBRARY.

JAMA. 1889;XII(6):201. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400830021005

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Abstract

An Associated Press dispatch of January 30th stated that Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes has given his private library, now a great one, to the Boston Medical Library. This library, although less than fifteen years old, is only less in size than the great medical library in Washington, and Dr. Chadwick, under whose fostering care it has grown, may well felicitate himself on its phenomenal success.

The library in moving into its new quarters on Boylston St., about a dozen years ago, was formally dedicated with appropriate ceremonies, and the address of the occasion was made by Professor Holmes. There was a pleasant gathering of the older members of the profession, medical gentlemen from other cities, as well as the younger element of Boston, and the address was inimitable. The Professor stood in his simple, easy unaffected way, and apparently without effort, delivered his oration, and as he stood there, his

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