LOUIS H. RODDIS, M.D.
With no other medical poet is the dignified doctoral prefix more commonly employed. He was "Dr. Goldsmith" to Boswell and the Johnson circle, and his contemporaries almost without exception referred to him as the "Doctor" yet the medical side of Goldsmith's life has been rather neglected, though it is both a considerable and interesting subject. The circumstances of his medical education, his attempts to practice in Southwark and in London, his relation to one of the celebrated nostrums of the day, and its use in his last illness are all well attested though not commonly known facts.
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RODDIS LH. Oliver Goldsmith, M.D.1. Ann Intern Med. ;5:1427–1436. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-5-11-1427
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1932;5(11):1427-1436.
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