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The Natural History of Disease: Frank Billings Memorial Lecture

The Natural History of Disease: Frank Billings Memorial Lecture Abstract Appropriately, we are met today to honor the memory of a great clinician and medical statesman, Frank Billings, in Chicago, where his fine professional stature and eminence were attained. In 1878, a sturdy farm lad from Iowa County, Wisconsin, matriculated in the Chicago Medical College (now North-western University Medical School). Of splendid Anglo-Saxon stock, he was superbly endowed physically and intellectually. Upon completion of a common public school education, young Billings had attended the Platteville (Wisconsin) State Normal School for two years. Thereafter, he taught a country school in the town of Eden. His prompt advancement to the principalship of the Platteville High School was, in retrospect, a true forecast of his driving ambition and capacity. Upon graduation from the Chicago Medical College, Dr. Billings served an internship in Cook County Hospital, a coveted post for the young physicians of that period. The investment of postgraduate studies in London, Paris, References 1. Laycock, T.: Physiognomical Diagnosis of Disease , M. Times & Gaz. 1:101, 1862. 2. Sydenham, T.: Works of Thomas Sydenham , translated by R. G. Latham, London, Sydenham Society, 1850. 3. Lewis, T.: Observation on Research in Medicine: Its Position and Its Needs , Brit. M. J. 1:479-483 ( (March 15) ) 1930. 4. Trotter, W.: Observation and Experiment and Their Use in Medical Sciences , Brit. M. J. 2:129-134 ( (July 26) ) 1930. 5. Mackenzie, J., quoted in Wilson, R. M.: The Beloved Physician: Sir James Mackenzie , London, J. Murray, 1926. 6. Brown, J.: Horae Subsecivae , Edinburgh, T. Constable & Co., 1858. 7. Willis, T., quoted by Symonds, C.: Circle of Willis (Harveian Oration) , Brit. M. J. 1:119-124 ( (Jan. 15) ) 1955. 8. Heberden, W.: Commentaries on History and Cure of Diseases , London, T. Payne, 1802. 9. Gairdner, W. T.: Physician as Naturalist: Addresses and Memoirs Bearing on History and Progress of Medicine Chiefly During Last Hundred Years , Glasgow, Scotland, J. Maclehose & Sons, 1889. 10. Wilson, R. M.: Beloved Physician: Sir James Mackenzie , London, J. Murray, 1926. 11. Billings, F.: Medical Education in United States , J. A. M. A. 40:1271-1276 ( (May 9) ) 1903. 12. Hippocrates: Genuine Works of Hippocrates , translated by Francis Adams, New York, W. Wood & Company, 1886. 13. Bloomfield, A. L.: Prognosis, editorial , A. M. A. Arch. Int. Med. 97:267-268 ( (March) ) 1956. 14. Ryle, J.: Natural History of Disease , ed. 2, London, Oxford University Press, 1948. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png A.M.A. Archives of Internal Medicine American Medical Association

The Natural History of Disease: Frank Billings Memorial Lecture

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Abstract Appropriately, we are met today to honor the memory of a great clinician and medical statesman, Frank Billings, in Chicago, where his fine professional stature and eminence were attained. In 1878, a sturdy farm lad from Iowa County, Wisconsin, matriculated in the Chicago Medical College (now North-western University Medical School). Of splendid Anglo-Saxon stock, he was superbly endowed physically and intellectually. Upon completion of a common public school education, young Billings had attended the Platteville (Wisconsin) State Normal School for two years. Thereafter, he taught a country school in the town of Eden. His prompt advancement to the principalship of the Platteville High School was, in retrospect, a true forecast of his driving ambition and capacity. Upon graduation from the Chicago Medical College, Dr. Billings served an internship in Cook County Hospital, a coveted post for the young physicians of that period. The investment of postgraduate studies in London, Paris, References 1. Laycock, T.: Physiognomical Diagnosis of Disease , M. Times & Gaz. 1:101, 1862. 2. Sydenham, T.: Works of Thomas Sydenham , translated by R. G. Latham, London, Sydenham Society, 1850. 3. Lewis, T.: Observation on Research in Medicine: Its Position and Its Needs , Brit. M. J. 1:479-483 ( (March 15) ) 1930. 4. Trotter, W.: Observation and Experiment and Their Use in Medical Sciences , Brit. M. J. 2:129-134 ( (July 26) ) 1930. 5. Mackenzie, J., quoted in Wilson, R. M.: The Beloved Physician: Sir James Mackenzie , London, J. Murray, 1926. 6. Brown, J.: Horae Subsecivae , Edinburgh, T. Constable & Co., 1858. 7. Willis, T., quoted by Symonds, C.: Circle of Willis (Harveian Oration) , Brit. M. J. 1:119-124 ( (Jan. 15) ) 1955. 8. Heberden, W.: Commentaries on History and Cure of Diseases , London, T. Payne, 1802. 9. Gairdner, W. T.: Physician as Naturalist: Addresses and Memoirs Bearing on History and Progress of Medicine Chiefly During Last Hundred Years , Glasgow, Scotland, J. Maclehose & Sons, 1889. 10. Wilson, R. M.: Beloved Physician: Sir James Mackenzie , London, J. Murray, 1926. 11. Billings, F.: Medical Education in United States , J. A. M. A. 40:1271-1276 ( (May 9) ) 1903. 12. Hippocrates: Genuine Works of Hippocrates , translated by Francis Adams, New York, W. Wood & Company, 1886. 13. Bloomfield, A. L.: Prognosis, editorial , A. M. A. Arch. Int. Med. 97:267-268 ( (March) ) 1956. 14. Ryle, J.: Natural History of Disease , ed. 2, London, Oxford University Press, 1948.

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A.M.A. Archives of Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Oct 1, 1956

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