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September 13, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(11):593-598. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480370001001

INTRODUCTION.  Among physician-scientists who achieved their greatest renown in some department of learning other than medicine Carl von Linné, better known as Carolus Linnæus, must be placed in the front rank. This great naturalist made for himself a permanent name in medicine also, but the extent and significance of his work and interest in medicine seem to have been more or less overshadowed by the fundamental importance of his work in natural science, especially botany.The principal sources of the information in this article have been Richard Pulteney's excellent work on the writings of Linnæus, † in which the medical writings also are fully considered, and Hjelt's special work concerning Linnæus as a physician, ‡ based upon personal study of the writings and correspondence of Linnæus and of the records in the archives of the University of Upsala. Both these books appear to give altogether thorough and sympathetic reviews of