Excerpt from History of the College Club of the Royal College of Physicians of London
Club - is of course founded upon the Minute Books, but the tabular statement giving particulars of the lives of members is necessarily drawn from other sources. For Fellows admitted up to 1825 Dr. Munk's Roll is our authority, but after that year it fails us. We have then to depend upon obituary notices in the Medical Journals and other periodicals, or in works of reference. Such notices, even when they are lengthy, some times manage to omit or state vaguely the precise details of which we are in search - such, for instance, as the actual date of death. Hence these researches have sometimes involved a good deal of trouble and an expenditure of time which could not be controlled by any fixed limit. As it is, I am afraid these biographical details may appear bald and meagre; but to have given much more, for so large a number of members, would obviously have been impossible; or, if possible, would have greatly increased the cost of the volume.
The chief interest of such a record as this lies, not in the details, but in the perspective less in the individual lives than in their succession - a succession so continuous, and changing so imperceptibly, that at no point would it be possible to draw a line of demarcation between the old and the new. As it was of old, so it is to-day, and so it always shall be.
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