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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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176 Memoir of Benjamin Page, MD  

man. He parted from his compeers with the benediction of Horace, "Farewell, and be happy. If you know any precepts better than these be so candid as to communicate them-- if not, partake of these with me."

-------------"If a better system's thine,
Impart it freely, or make use of mine."

In truth, he seemed, above most others, to have been gifted with the true genius of the medical art--an instinctive, unerring sagacity in detecting the nature of the Protean forms of disease, and applying the appropriate remedy. Frank and gentle and unassuming in his manners and deportment, he displayed the "power of the art without the show, and at all times and on every occasion manifested the calm energy and moral courage, and self-devotion, so eminently characteristic of his noble profession."

Dr. Page was very communicative to his pupils, to whom he was ever kind and instructive. Some of them have become quite distinguished--and there are those who have carried his treasured precepts to the South and to the West, and to the West Indies ; and adopting his gentle manners, his temperate habits and medical code of practice, have invariably found friends and met with professional success.

Upon such a physician the Board of Bowdoin College conferred the honorary degree of Doctor in Medicine.

The following comprises a list of his writings and publications, as recollected from the writer of his memoir. 1. An Account of the Malignant fevers at Hallowell, in the summer and autumn of 1798-99. 2. Observations on Epidemic Dysentery as it appeared in 1800. 3. Typhus Fever in 1807. 4. Memoir upon the Spotted or Petechial Fever of New England, 1816. 5. Case of Poison by Arsenic, successfully treated, 1820. 6. Practical Observations on the Treatment of Scarlatina, 1833.

Dr. Page was for many years a member and Counsellor of the Massachusetts Medical Society. He regarded the institution as of great consequence to the profession, and spoke of his connection to with it with infinite satisfaction, and seemed to have its interests and welfare continually at heart. He was a regular subscriber, and occasionally a contributor, to the New England and Boston Medical Journal, from its first series, and regularly received and perused its interesting members for upwards of 30 years. He had them carefully preserved and bound, and they comprised a portion of his medical library which he left to his eldest son in Louisiana, and are, perhaps, the only complete and perfect copy in the State. He was early initiated into the "ancient and honorable Fraternity of Masons," of which he was a zealous and faithful member, and with the highest degrees of the order were conferred upon him, and worn with characteristic modesty worthy of himself and the charitable institution to which he belonged.

Throughout the whole period of his long, laborious and useful life, he played the part of the "good Samaritan." He was unostentatious in his habits and simple in his style of living and dress, and so averse to no-

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