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September 4, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(10):479-484. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440360023002g

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The third in the group was John Christian Anton Theden (1714-1797), whose name was often distorted by his contemporaries into Theede, Theeden or Thede. He was born in the Mecklenburg village of Steinbeck, where his father was a farmer, being the eleventh of twenty-three children, as his son-in-law, Mayer, the professor of anatomy, relates. Well versed in arithmetic and writing, he went out to service in his thirteenth year as servant and scribe, but after four years gave up this insufferable occupation to learn the tailor's trade with his brother. But this did not please him either; surgery was next in order. When he had spent three years in a barber shop without learning anything properly, he felt his ambition stimulated by the character of Odysseus, with which he became acquainted through a translation of Homer; he went in 1734 into service in Rostock, and with other barber journeymen listened

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