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OF

JOHN ABERNETHY, F.R.S.

WITH

A VIEW OF HIS LECTURES, WRITINGS, AND CHARACTER.

BY

GEORGE MACILWAIN, F. R.C.S.,

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AUTHOR OF

MEDICINE AND SURGERY,

,” “ONE INDUCTIVE SCIENCE,"
ETC., ETC.

The evil that men do lives after them.
-SHAKSPEARE.

The good is oft interred with their bones.

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NEW YORK:

II AR PER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,

329 & 331 PEARL STREET,

FRANKLIN SQUARE.

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My father practiced on the borders of a forest, and when he was called at night to visit a distant patient, it was the greatest treat to me, when a little boy, to be allowed to saddle my pony and accompany him. I used to wonder sometimes what he could see so very disagreeable in that which to me was the greatest possible pleasure; for whether we were skirting a bog in the darkest night, or cantering over the heather by moonlight (the colder the better), I certainly thought there could be nobody happier than I and my pony. My father knew the forest nearly as well as his own garden; but still, in passing bogs in impenetrable darkness, the more refined topography of a forester would be necessary; and it was on one of these occasions that I first heard two words, “Meward” and “Abernethy," the one from our forester guide, which I have never heard since, and the other, which I have heard more frequently, perhaps, than any other. The idea I then had of Abernethy was that he was a great man who lived in London. The next distinct impression I have of him was derived from hearing my father say that a

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