RICHARD KALINOWSKI, M.D.
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To the editor: The Marcellus referred to by William Osler was not the great Roman leader and general Marcus Claudius Marcellus, born in 268 BC and killed in the battle at Petelia against Hannibal in 208 BC. That Marcellus had led a relatively long and successful life. He had been elected Consul on three occasions, had defeated the Carthaginians, had conquered Syracuse, and had suppressed an uprising in Rome, killing its leader with his own hands.
The young Marcellus was the son of Octavia, the sister of Augustus, whose daughter, Julia, he married and who had been designated heir by
KALINOWSKI R. Marcellus and Marcellus. Ann Intern Med. ;79:139. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-1-139_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(1):139.
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