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N MAKING this anthology of medical verse, it has been my aim to produce a volume that will direct attention to the valuable poems written by the Doctor and about the Doctor. The medical profession has written much admirable poetry which has appeared chiefly in local and medical journals, I have made an effort to preserve and bring together in permanent form these poems, with many old favorites by well-known authors. One limited volume would not contain all the verse written upon this subject, and I am aware that poems worthy a place have been omitted. On the other hand, a number of original poems appear which were written expressly for this book. The volume is compiled especially for the Doctor, with the hope that he may find in it a restful diversion from an arduous practice. My task has been lightened by the considerate criticisms and kindly suggestions offered by members of the profession, to whom I here extend cordial thanks.

For the use of copyrighted poems I gratefully acknowledge the graciousness of Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin & Company; Harper & Brothers; G. P. Putnam's Sons; Dodd, Mead & Company Lee & Shepard; Roberts Brothers; Frederick A Stokes Company; Bowen-Merrill Company; Cassell Publishing Company and many of the authors represented.

Buffalo, N. Y.,
September 3rd, 1897.

-I. R. W.

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