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February 1915

The Life and Letters of Nathan Smith, M.B., M.D.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1915;XV(2):340. doi:10.1001/archinte.1915.00070200162012

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This brief, clear and intimate study of one of the master minds of American medicine is most timely. Our medical biography is meager ; Nathan Smith is one of its most attractive subjects. We are rapidly obliterating some of his creations and our methods have been so changed that his struggles will become increasingly difficult for us to understand. The work is brief, like Smith's own masterpiece, his work on typhoid fever. Documentary material was scanty, but fortunately it was telling, and the author had used it with conspicuous skill. There is in the first place the picture of the man, a heroic figure, like his younger contemporary Beaumont. His courage and resourcefulness, that were so often tried later, showed as a lad when, a militia soldier fighting Indians, he was made a captain at the age of 18. His relation to medical education, as student and teacher, illustrates

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