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January 1965

Some Aspects of the Burns Legend: And of the Part Played by Physicians in Its Creation and Later Correction

Author Affiliations

Calgary Associates Clinic Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(1):94-100. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860130096017

"Out of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the writer." (Judges V, 14)

Gleanings from the Commonplace Book of a Medical Reader

ON THE 25th of January, 1759, Robert Burns was born in a two-roomed clay cottage in the village of Alloway, Scotland, about two miles from the town of Ayr. The anniversary of the occasion will, as in the past, be marked by celebrations all over the world wherever there are Scots—and that, as they say, is "in a' places there are." Whisky and haggis will be on the tables, toasts to "The Immortal Memory" will be drunk, arms will be crossed, and hands clasped, and "Auld Lang Syne" will be sung. This is a rare phenomenon. Most national heroes are acclaimed on the occasion of their centenaries; Burns is regaled every year. He is Scotland's most famous son. In the honorable and illustrious roll of Scotland's great,