Medicine: Doctor's Records

President Wilson's was but one of the mighty minds whose disintegration the late Professor Francis Xavier Dercum, Philadelphia neurologist, managed to retard. Of all such cases, and of many a pettier one. Professor Dercum kept records. His filing cabinets, like the files of most physicians, described the secret weaknesses and vices of his clients, became invaluable to historians and blackmailers. Professor Dercum died suddenly last year, as he opened proceedings of the American Philosophical Society(TIME, May 4). He had been forethoughtful. In his will he instructed Mrs. Dercum to destroy every case...

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