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This collection has some excellent and some very poor selections, but the reader having paid his money may take his choice. We miss some of the earlier medical rhymsters such as Armstrong and Fessenden, and there is no attempt to invade the Continent and make any translations from Volkman, or from the French. We miss that characteristic poem of Dr. Holmes entitled "Rip Van Winkle, Jr., M.D.," with which he delighted the Massachusetts Medical Society some years ago, and there are many omissions of more recent American productions. However, the idea of the collection is a good one, and this book, which we hope may reach its second edition soon, is well started, although there are some that might well be spared. We expect to see the second edition twice as large. There are a number of good things in the old Flos Medicinæ that might well be included in
The Medical Muse, Grave and Gay. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(6):287–288. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430580039019
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