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July 17, 1897

Life of Thomas Wakley, Founder of the first edition of the Lancet, Member of Parliament for Finsbury and Coroner for West Middlesex.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(3):142. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440290048018

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We have here the biography of one of the most interesting members the medical profession has produced in Great Britain during the present century. If we consider his pugnacity we must admire the results which he accomplished by it. If we consider him an uncomfortable person to be in controversy with, we must at the same time admit his energy, his faithfulness in the pursuit of right, his great industry, and withal his ready grasp of the spirit of the times.

Wakley was a born reformer. Reformers although followed by many are usually loved by few, for they must run counter to the prejudices of the times, the sentiments of individuals and the customs of the country.

One marvels how it is possible for one individual to have accomplished so much work and at the same time it must be admitted, that done by Wakley was done well. As the

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