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Oliver Wendell Holmes and His Misinformed Attack on Homeopathy
The Complete Works Of Oliver Wendell Holmes: Medical Essays Oliver Wendell lacircular.info
One of the most famous American writers of his day, Oliver Wendell Holmes was also a surgeon, teacher, and lecturer. Although he wrote several novels, two biographies, and a number of familiar poems, he is probably best known for a series of essays that first appeared in Atlantic Monthly. Holmes was born on August 29, , in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where his father was a clergyman. The elder Holmes was also a Harvard professor and a historian. Holmes received his early education in Cambridge and at Phillips Academy in Andover. He attended Harvard College, graduating in After he graduated from Harvard Holmes studied law, then medicine, in Boston and in Europe.
Medical essays, 1842-1882
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His impressive body of essays—which includes groundbreaking, highly readable medical essays, Civil War essays, and tributes to his famous contemporaries, as well as the Breakfast-Table essays—coincides with and expresses the golden age of Boston and provides a window on 19th-century American thought. Holmes devoted himself to medical rather than to political and social reform. Holmes knew all the leading men and women of his time. In , the poet and essayist James Russell Lowell was invited to edit a new monthly literary magazine. The Autocrat was an immediate triumph.