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October 27, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(17):1093. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460430029009

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In a recent issue we gave a three-line notice of the death of a member of the medical profession whose decease has been made the subject of half-column editorial notices in our two leading British contemporaries. Dr. John Contée Fairfax was in this country simply an American citizen, than which there is no higher rank; though not a British subject, in Great Britain he was officially recognized as sharing alone with Lord Lister the honor of membership both in the medical profession and the British peerage. This fact is noteworthy, as well as that of his descent from the parliamentary General Fairfax of that epoch of English history most familiarly known to us as "Cromwell's times," and from the Lord Fairfax who was Washington's friend and early patron. Dr. Fairfax appears to have been a very estimable gentleman, and while more of a landed proprietor than an active medical practitioner,

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