Read to the American Association of Medical Editors, June 5th, 1883.
It is scarcely more than two decades since the late surgeon George A. Otis, whose great work, “The Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion,” has won for its author imperishable honor, advised us as his pupil even at the beginning of medical study, to devote a certain portion of each day in the discharge of the duties of curator of a natural history collection.
This he did with the statement that the medical man needed a side issue for his superfluous energies. The late Dr. A. A. Gould, of Boston, who was one of the wisest clinical instructors, it has been our fortune tune to meet and ever in demand at the bed-side of the rich and the poor alike, found time in the midst of his busy career to give attention to natural science, with certain