Views & Reviews Medical Classics

Aphorisms from Latham

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 01 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1742
  1. George Dunea, president and chief executive officer, Hektoen Institute of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
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    Peter Mere Latham, born in 1789, was appointed physician to the Middlesex Hospital at the age of 26 and elected fellow of the Royal College of Physicians three years later. He joined St Bartholomew’s in 1827 and became physician extraordinary to Queen Victoria in 1837. His writings, published between 1828 and 1846, have long ranked as medical classics and are now patiently waiting to be made available on the internet. They were favourites with William Bean, former editor of the Archives of Internal Medicine, who admired their wisdom and stately elegant style and who in …

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