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April 22, 1911


JAMA. 1911;LVI(16):1199. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560160041018

Detailed sketches of the lives of two men who were prominent in the surgery of the latter half of the nineteenth century in America have recently appeared; and teachers of medicine, as well as those who are interested in medical history, will find them storehouses of valuable material.

The recently published memoirs of Dr. Thomas Addis Emmet3 are full of striking features illustrative of the medical professional life of the latter half of the nineteenth century in America, and reflecting the varied interests in life of a man who, though nearly 84 years of age, still retains the full vigor of his intellectual faculties. Dr. Emmet's is one of the comparatively few American names—and one of the earliest—that was well known in European medical circles practically half a century ago. Some of his work was that of a pioneer in the best sense of the word; it influenced the