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June 20, 1896

Reuben D. Mussey.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(25):1236. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430770038010

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New Castle, Colo, June 8, 1896.

To the Editor:  —During my first course of lectures at the Ohio Medical College, 1848-9, R. D. Mussey was Professor of Surgery. He was always kind to his students and patients, though sometimes decidedly brusque with those who had by improprieties brought themselves to grief. As an illustration, a man was placed on the table at the Commercial Hospital with a bubo in either groin. The Professor said: " Young gentlemen, we open these abscesses with a number of small punctures," suiting his action to the word. The patient's hand went involuntarily to the wound with the cry of "Oh God! oh God!" The Professor bluntly said: "Turn over, sir; 'the way of the transgressor is hard; they that sow to the wind must reap the whirlwind.' We open this, you see, in the same way."Age had made his hand tremulous, and it trembled

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