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February 14, 1914

In Memory of Dr. James Livingstone Thompson, 1832-1913, and His Son, Dr. Daniel A. Thompson, 1862-1904.

JAMA. 1914;LXII(7):559. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560320059041

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The extent and the manner in which character and individuality impress themselves on a community, a state or a nation are always interesting, though perhaps impossible of exact measurement and description. It is usually only after men possessing these qualities have passed away that an approximate estimate of their influence in a variety of relations can be made. The profession should be proud of medical men of this type. Such a man was Dr. James L. Thompson of Indiana, a pioneer in ophthalmology who, with his teacher, Dr. Elkanah Williams of Cincinnati, was one of the first men in this country to devote his attention exclusively to this branch. As citizen, physician, soldier and author, a man of great force of character, Dr. Thompson touched the life of his community and the affairs of his profession at many points, and everywhere, as was said of him, "his supremacy was acknowledged

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