A Surgeon's Valedictory

The second of Philadelphia's great medical Da Costas last week delivered his valedictory to Medicine, his prolog to Death. When Jacob Mendez Da Costa (1833-1900) died, the profession summed up its reverence for him in the title, "physicians' physician." The eulogy "surgeons' teacher" is ready for John Chalmers Da Costa, no kin of Dr. Jacob. He has taught in Philadelphia more than 40 years.

Last week, 67, he was partially paralyzed, physically decrepit, mentally scintillating. An attendant wheeled him before the Philadelphia County Medical Society and handed...

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