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February 20, 1897

Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine: Being an encyclopedic collection of rare and extraordinary cases and of the most striking instances of abnormality in all branches of medicine and surgery, derived from an exhaustive research of medical literature from its origin to the present day, abstracted, classified, annotated and indexed.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(8):378. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440080044015

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We read the following in the author's preface with surprise: "A curious case is invariably reported and the insertion of such a report is generally productive of correspondence and discussion with the object of finding a parallel for it.

" In view of all this it seems itself a curious fact that there has never been any systematic gathering of medical curiosities. It would have been natural that numerous encyclopedias should spring into existence in response to such a persistently dominant interest. The forelying volume appears to be the first thorough attempt to classify and epitomize the literature of this nature."

The surprise deepens when we examine the bibliography and find that the names of Millingen and Eve have escaped mention.

Millingen, a British army surgeon, in 1837 wrote a work which was published in two volumes of 400 pages each, by Bentley in London. This work was entitled "Curiosities of

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