The Medical Society of London was organized in 1773 by Dr. John Coakley Lettsom, the physician on whose name was written the historic doggerel which has so often been quoted as expressing the attitude of some of the medical profession,
"When any sick to me apply,
I physicks, bleeds, and sweats 'em;
If after that they choose to die,
What's that to me, I. Lettsom."
Sir St. Clair Thomson, one of our foreign guests at the Atlantic City Session, president of the Medical Society of London for 1917 and 1918, took as the subject of his presidential address the life and character of his first predecessor in office. The address is published in pamphlet form and is a fascinating biographic study of professional life and conditions in England from 1750 to 1815. Although born in the West Indies and early left an orphan without friends or influence and very little