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November 3, 1906

In the Year 1800.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(18):1501. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520180077017

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The Doctor's Recreation Series, as the name indicates, is a series of books for doctors, and is to consist of facts and fiction, as well as of medical history. This book, by Dr. S. W. Kelley, is one of the fiction volumes and, in a sense, is a historical novel. The history is a brief one as far as the time covered is concerned, only one year, 1800, being included in all that appeared in the over 400 large pages of the book. The scenes are laid in a small country town in Maine and in Philadelphia. In the former the writer (the story being in the form of an autobiography) is a country doctor, and one of his patients—a beautiful woman, of course—is murdered. Around this patient and her murder is woven the plot of the story. The doctor goes to Philadelphia later to get his degree and to

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