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Aphorism. . . . A short, pithy sentence, stating a general doctrine or truth. . . ."—Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, second ed., G. & C. Merriam Company, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1951.
Admiring the clear sense and clean prose of Peter Mere Latham, London physician of the early nineteenth century, Dr. Bean has selected notable passages from Latham's writings, grouped them under rubrics for various facets of medicine, and published them privately in a slim and handsome book.
Many of Dr. Bean's selections, though epigrammatic in tone, do not fit the definition of aphorism. What is the "general doctrine or truth" in
Aphorisms from Latham.. Ann Intern Med. 1963;59:128. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-59-1-128_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1963;59(1_Part_1):128.
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