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December 9, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XXI(24):898-899. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420760028007

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During the past two weeks the editor of this Journal has been confined to his room on account of a severe attack of bronchitis. While sitting by the fire one day and looking at his book shelf, his eye fell on some old and worm-eaten volumes from which the title was nearly effaced, but which on close inspection proved to be the "Histoire de L'Anatomie et de la Chirurgie," Par M. Portal, Paris, 1770. During a temporary lull in the rasping cough, the editor read from old Antoine Portal, a part of the first book, a running translation of selections of which he thought might interest others besides surgeons:

"Melampus is the first to whom is attributed medical writing. He lived about the year of the world 2705 (1,380 years before Jesus Christ); was born at Argos, of Amithaon and Algaide or Idomena, the daughter of Abas. Melampus was a

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