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March 28, 1896


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JAMA. 1896;XXVI(13):621-622. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430650023002f

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A curious interest attaches to the demise of a friend. When "the rider on the pale horse" stops at the house of a friend, we seldom fail to inquire the cause of death. Death is to us so deep a mystery. It changes a being full of energy and life and hope, into an inanimate object, with a rapidity that is appalling. We stand aghast in its presence. The friend, whose welcome smile we meet to-day, is dead to-morrow. We eagerly inquire the cause. So it seemed to me that it would be of interest to make a collection of facts in regard to the death of celebrated persons; those whom we have learned to know and love from their written pages; and those whose deeds have moved men's hearts, in the times in which they lived. It is impossible to ascertain the cause of death in many instances. Diagnosis

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