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Morell Mackenzie: The Story of a Victorian Tragedy

JAMA. 1947;135(5):316. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890050056025.
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This story of more than half a century ago has needed retelling. Beside the figure of Mackenzie, a leading otolaryngologist of his day, pass those of Germany's last kaiser, Emperor William II and his ill fated father; of Virchow, von Bergmann, Queen Victoria and her household, Bismarck and others.

The author is a laryngologist of standing in London. His former chief, Mr. Irwin Moore, had known Mackenzie and felt that he had been misunderstood and poorly treated. The author takes us to a remotely familiar time of leisurely and spacious living in an England proudly confirmed in her world leadership.

Morell Mackenzie's polished and cultured father was a general practitioner in a village 6 miles from London. The son was ambitious and his medical education was excellent. He attended the magnificent clinics on the continent and met Charcot, Nélaton, Trousseau, Bretanneau, Rokitansky, Skoda and Czermak, who had popularized the laryngeal


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