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April 1965

The Elephant Man, and Other Reminiscences.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(4):503. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860160129027

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It has been said that antiquarian interests betoken the gathering forces of senility and that those no longer young enough to see visions play out their days fitfully dreaming about the past. An imaginative creator might have let members of an occasional generation run one or two decades of its mature existence in reverse. Then the young and old might have been gentler in trying to understand each other. Unhappily no age has many old Nestors or many youthful geniuses. Longer years ago than seems decent, my father gave me a little blue book by Sir Frederick Treves called I believe, Surgical Anatomy, but I am not sure of this. Anyhow, there were a great many homely but useful lessons in anatomy revealed in high relief by some personal reminiscence, or some unlikely illustration hung on some sharp peg. This sort of thing could make the third right metatarsal bone

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