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December 31, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(27):1575-1576. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450270027004

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It is our painful duty to record the death of the Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association on the evening of Dec. 24, 1898, at his residence at Elgin, Ill. The immediate cause of his decease was hemorrhage from a perforation of the intestine, communicating with a large abscess outside of the bowel, which terminated life after an illness of less than one month.

It seems hardly necessary at the present time to enter upon a detailed narrative of the life of one who was so widely and well known throughout the entire country. Born in Jersey County, Ill., on Dec. 1, 1847, his years numbered only fifty-one; but they were years that were crowded with incidents sufficient for centuries of ordinary human experience. Descended from a long line of distinguished Scottish ancestors, his father's family was brought up on the rich prairies of the Mississippi Valley,

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