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F. J. Shepherd—Surgeon: His Life and Times

JAMA. 1935;104(14):1271-1272. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760140075040.
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About Dr. Shepherd as a central figure, Dr. Howell has constructed in an interesting manner the story of medical practice and institutions in Montreal during the period from 1869 to 1929. With the substitution of different names, the same narrative might be applied to the course of medical affairs in other cities of Canada and in numerous ones in the United States. At the beginning of this period, medical schools in America were inferior to those in Europe, and the teachers were usually general practitioners who expected their positions to aid them in their private business. Among these teachers were some talented and determined young men who, like Dr. Shepherd, continuously worked for the gradual betterment of medical education and medical institutions. Dr. Shepherd was an enthusiastic teacher of anatomy for more than thirty years. Like him, most of the surgeons of the last quarter of the nineteenth century came


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