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It was said of Richard Mead after his death that "of all physicians who had ever fluorished he gained the most, spent the most, and enjoyed the highest fame during his lifetime, not only in his own but in foreign countries." Mead, the second holder of the Gold Headed Cane, even as a young man had gathered a considerable library. When John Radcliffe came upon him reading Hippocrates in the original Greek, Radcliffe was so impressed that he said, "Take my word for it, when I am dead you will occupy the throne of Physic in this great town." But
In the Sunshine of Life. A Biography of Dr. Richard Mead 1673-1754.. Ann Intern Med. ;82:439–440. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-82-3-439_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;82(3):439-440.
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