WILLIAM B. SPAULDING, M.D.
The life of this New England medical student of a century and a half ago (1810-1834) is reconstructed chiefly from the writings of his father, the second Hersey Professor of Medicine at Harvard, and of contemporaries, particularly his classmate Oliver Wendell Holmes. After a first-class American medical education he went to Paris to become the favorite pupil of P. C. A. Louis. He wrote a monograph on cholera and, as an original member of the Paris Society of Medical Observation, described a physical sign useful in the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis. While abroad he met Thomas Hodgkin, Astley Cooper, and other "greats." In addition to providing information about medical education and medical science in the early nineteenth century, his letters and other contemporary documents reflect his qualities, which are those that remain perennially desirable in medical students and physicians: warmth, an insatiable desire to learn, and productive scientific curiosity.
SPAULDING WB. James Jackson, Jr. (1810-1834): A Great Student of Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 1973;78:429–435. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-3-429
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