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"These chapters of `Vita Medica' were finished by my father on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1896, just before 8 o'clock in the evening. At 10 he was seized with the illness which ended fatally on Saturday morning, November 21.
"The last proofs were not revised by my father, and, but for the few corrections that could be made without him, the book is published as it left his hands.
This book is, as its name imports, a history of the medical life of Richardson. The accounts of the early experiments with peroxid of hydrogen, antiseptics, studies on blood, sanitation, anesthesia, alcoholism, nervous centers, the germ theory, vital phosphorescence, are very interesting. The charming manner in which the story is told, showing as it does the personality of the author. makes the book one to be sought after. The last twenty years have been rich in autobiographies of distinguished medical
Vita Medica; Chapters of Medical Life and Work. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(17):811–812. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440170045019
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