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Boston Medical and Surgical Journal Memorial of Dr. Page

By 1844, the year Dr. Page died, the Massachusetts Medical Society published a journal for its members. Still in their infancy, medical societies sought to establish a male medical profession with well-defined standards. This tribute to Dr. Page lauded what the society considered professional and personal excellence.



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Born April 12, 1770; died Jan. 25, 1844.

[Communicated for the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal.]

"On doit des égards aux vivans ; on ne doit que la vérité aux morts."

THE living owe the dead, who have spent a long and highly respectable and useful life in the midst of them, a public exposition of their virtues. To friends it furnishes a precious memorial ; to successors it transmits a loved image of departed excellence. It greatly serves to arouse and confirm virtuous resolutions and useful efforts, and repress and weaken application of native endowments and acquired powers to frivolous or hurtful purposes. In the memory of the good deeds of the departed, we may learn

"How much it is a meaner thing,
To be unjustly great than honorably good."

These reflections have been suggested by the death of the late BENJAMIN PAGE, MD, M.M.S.S., of Hallowell, Maine, who died on the 25th day of January, 1844, in the 74th year of his age.

Dr. Page, whose death excited so much interest and called up so much general feeling, belonged to a family of great respectability and medical talents. His father, Benjamin Page, served as hospital surgeon in the Revolution, and accompanied the celebrated Starke, of New Hampshire, in his early campaigns, and died at Hallowell in 1820, at the advanced age of 76. The son, following the example of the father, chose the medical profession, in which he soon acquired an enviable distinction and practised with a constantly increasing reputation and success to the end of his long and eminent career, on the very spot where more than half a century previous he reared his medical benner and commenced the monument of his fame. His eldest son, also, follows pari passu in his footsteps, having taken his medical degree at Harvard in 1821, and could ask for no greater honor than that his father's mantle should fall upon his shoulders.

Dr. Page was born April 12, 1770, at Exeter, in the State of New Hampshire, and received his preparatory education at the Academy in

* This Memoir was intended for an earlier No. of the Journal, but owing to some delay in producing the lithographic likeness which accompanies it, it has necessarily been reserved for the present time.


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