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December 22, 1900

Panama and the Sierras: A Doctor's Wander Days.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(25):1645. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460510053018

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If there is anything in a name, the title of this book ought to insure it a successful "run." This does not mean that all there is to it is the poetical title. Far from it. There is not a page but is interesting and some of the descriptions are beautiful word pictures, showing that the author, besides his other gifts, has that faculty which few writers possess—the ability to describe a scene or an occurrence so that the reader can see it as the observer saw it. Lydston takes a trip to his birthplace in California by way of New York, and is snowbound on the way; to Cuba; across the Isthmus of Panama; up the Pacific coast to San Francisco; and, after a ramble through California, home. He takes the reader with him and shows him what he saw—by photographs "taken on the spot," and by his happy

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