Annals of Medical History Volume 4

Annals of Medical History Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...conspicuous by their presence. Now, how came such things to be? One can never say for sure, but it must be admitted that it was a peculiar coincidence, at least. In 1839, alarmed perhaps by these events in the City of Brotherly Love, physicians supposedly included, a very remarkable pamphlet made its appearance in New York City. It was entitled "A History of the New York Kappa Lambda Conspiracy," and was made up of anonymous essays taken from the "Medical Examiner," a department of the New York Weekly Whig. The collection of essays ran back as far as 1831, revealing the lurid details of the difficulties in the profession at that period. The immediate object of the pamphlet was to tell how the Kappa Lambda Society had won the election of Dr. Francis U. Johnston as President of the New York County Medical Society, by a majority of three, over the anti-Kappa Lambda ticket composed of Dr. John W. Francis for President, and Dr. John Stearns for Vice-President. The airing of the details of the machinery by which this election was secured made it a hollow victory for Johnston. This matter transpired in 1838, --at which time, Dr. George McCIellan suddenly came to grief in the School of his own founding. The concluding essay of the pamphlet, however, rang the death knell of Kappa Lambda, so far as any active participation in medical politics in New York was concerned. It is a masterpiece in sarcasm and righteous wrath. It closes in this manner, leaving little doubt that if need be, swift and decisive action could be taken to end the matter completely if it ever threatened the welfare of the profession again: This Secret Society Kappa Lambda, with additional members, is still in active operation in this City, and oontinuee to make, more

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  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 458g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236504623
  • 9781236504623