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Among the all but forgotten writers on pediatrics is Robert Pemell, a practitioner at Cranebrooke, in the county of Kent. Had it not been that he possessed a love of setting down in writing his observations and studies, he would have remained forever unknown, but he did write five books. His first venture into medical literature was entitled, "De morbis capitis" or "The Chief Internal Diseases of the Head." This little volume was written in English, for Pemell was among the first to write in the common tongue, but he rather proudly gives evidence of his learning by his numerous references and quotations. The book has at the beginning a poem in Latin with an English translation by John Elmerston, School-Master of Cranebrook. Doubtless this poem was a sort of payment for treatment or advice. It ends:
Who likewise hath us of choice Medicines told,
For every Evill's cure, and
RUHRAH J. ROBERT PEMELL?-1653. Am J Dis Child. 1929;37(5):1076–1079. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1929.01930050186019
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