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Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753)

M. K. McPhaill, MD
JAMA. 1965;193(11):979. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090110117045.
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To the Editor:—  I wish to draw to your attention an error that appeared in the May 24th issue (JAMA192:713-714, 1965), in the biobraphical sketch which dealt with William Hogarth (1697-1764). It is stated that Sir Hans Sloan (correctly Sloane) was the founder of the Royal Society. This is the second time this year that I have seen Sloane referred to as the founder of the Royal Society. He was a Fellow of the Society and succeeded Sir Isaac Newton as President, but the Society had its origin some years before Sloane was born and received its first charter in 1662. I cannot imagine how the author made this mistake and am curious to know if you can enlighten me.


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