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December 30, 1893

PROFESSOR SENN'S GREAT GIFT TO THE MEDICAL PROFESSION.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(27):1011. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420790019004

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Abstract

The noblest deeds require nothing but simple language: they are spoiled by emphasis. It is insignificant matters that stand in need of high flown words, because it is the expression, the tone, and the manner that alone give them effect.—La Bruyère.

Professor Nicholas Senn has given his great collection of medical books to the Newberry Library.

Words can not add to the importance of the fact thus chronicled.

The value of the gift to Chicago, and to the medical profession, can not be estimated in money, for as Milton says: "A good book is the precious life blood of a master spirit embalmed and treasured up on purpose, to a life beyond life." "How much," says Burton, "are all we bound that are scholars, to those munificent Ptolemies, bountiful Mæcenases, heroical patrons, that have provided for us so many well furnished libraries, as well in our public academies in most

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