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August 29, 1896

Herman W. Mudgett alias H. H. Holmes.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(9):500. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430870048009

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Milwaukee, Wis., Aug. 20, 1896.

The article of Dr. Eugene S. Talbot in our Journal for August 1, reminds me that I may say something about Holmes which may be of interest to members of the medical profession.

Holmes was a member of my class, which graduated in 1884, and he received his degree of Doctor of Medicine with the other successful members. A few failed in their examinations but Holmes was not among them. I was not intimately acquainted with him but knew him as well as I did any member of the class, excepting my immediate associates. What manner of man he was I remember distinctly and as distinctly recall several conversations I had with him.

Holmes was a mild-mannered young man, with a diffident air, possessing no characteristics in any direction which would attract attention. He evidently had not much in the way of pecuniary means, for

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