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January 11, 1902

Memoirs and Letters of Sir James Paget

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(2):119. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480020049016

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The biography of a great man, one who has obtained his greatness by his own efforts, is always a stimulus to those who read it. This is true of the life of Paget. It gives us the aims, ambitions, personality and method of work of one who had added luster to our profession by hard work under extreme difficulties. Although he died only two years ago, Paget seems to belong to a past era in medicine, and in one sense this is so. His great work on Surgical Pathology—the book that bridged the medicine of the past with that of to-day—published in 1853, nearly fifty years ago. Born at a seaport town, Yarmouth, his boyish fancy was for the navy, and it was only by the merest accident that this fancy was not gratified. His next great attraction was botany, and in this he gained quite a reputation in his

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