of his profession particularly, he left all us competitors behind him,
and ever mindful of the golden maxim, especially applicable to obstetric
practice, Festinare nocet, nocet et cuncatio saepe, he triumphed
in the art, and met with unparalleled good fortune and universal success.
His treatment of juvenile cases was signally successful. This is to
be ascribed to his superior judgment.
In his treatment of fevers, especially the frightful plague or spotted
fever of 1812-14, he justly acquired much celebrity. Within the sphere
of his practice it was rendered well nigh harmless, and the remembrance
of his medical offices to many now living will be a source of grateful
endearment and delightful satisfaction.
The epidemic spotted fever made its appearance in 1810, and till 1816
prevailed at Hallowell and its vicinity with great severity. It fell to
the lot of Dr. Page to devote a large portion of his attention to the
sick during the prevalence of this epidemic. Several thousand cases fell
under his observation ; and he is entitled, says the distinguished author
and practitioner, Dr. Thacher, to much honor, and to the gratitude of
the public, for his correct observations, his indefatigable industry and
his very judicious mode of treatment, by which the disease was divested
in a great measure of its malignity and fatal tendency.
The late accomplished and much lamented Dr. Robbins, in alluding to this
epidemic in an early No. of this Journal, says of his beloved and distinguished
preceptor, Dr. Page, "his talents, judgment and practical skill,
would alone redeem the professional character of his State. We have never,"
says he, "in any country met with a medical practitioner whose views
are more liberal or just, or in whose hands we should so willingly entrust
ourselves in a dangerous disease. His unexampled success in treating the
spotted fever which prevailed in 1814, whilst so many were falling
victim to the disease in the neighboring towns, and many cases which have
come to our knowledge of his successful management of pulmonary inflammation,
dropsies, curvatures of the spine, and other obstinate chronic affections,
would, if given to the world as they ought to be, constitute a basis of
lasting fame, and be an ample herald of his sound practical judgment,
and extensive information on professional subjects."
Dr. Page, however, was never ambitious of becoming a medical author.
His time and attention were too exclusively devoted to practice, and had
he desired he could scarcely have found time, up to the close of his active
and practically useful life, to have distinguished himself as a writer.
Yet some of his publications do him great credit, and his monographs upon
the Spotted Fever and Scarlatina are not without their value.
The admirable history of their symptoms, together with the details of
successful treatment, deserves all the praise of originality, having been
written entirely from personal observation. It is not claiming too much
for them to say, that they contributed greatly to reform the practice
in these hitherto fearful and fatal maladies, and to divest them of much
of the terror and fatality which in New England, as elsewhere, has ever
attended them. The opinions of a skilful and discerning prac-