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November 1938

The Diary of a Surgeon in the Year 1751-1752.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1938;62(5):902. doi:10.1001/archinte.1938.00180160181018

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This is a delightful book and may be read with a great deal of pleasure not only by the doctor but by any one who cares for early works. The easy flowing style, the miniature word paintings and what the publisher calls a Pepysian flavor add to the charm. One might suspect a familiarity with Pepys were it not for the fact that John Knyveton died while Pepys' journal was still lying about undeciphered.

Nothing much is added to the knowledge of medical history, for physicians are already familiar with the history of the period, but the breezy style and the youthful optimism of the presentation supply a novel vantage point from which to view the period. One of the bright spots of the book is where William Hunter is described as "having a damnable way of never Offering a Suggestion on matters Medico-Physical until he has proved it privately

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