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TRR: Episode 33, “Cinders From the Ashes”



Oliver Wendell Holmes was a physician, medical reformer, poet, educator and author, and penned a medical essay in 1843 on the nature of contagion which was hailed as a turning point in American medicine. He gained international acclaim as a writer for his “Breakfast-Table” books, written in a conversational style he termed “table-talk.” In this episode we share one of Holmes’ essays, reminiscing about the school days of his youth.

“Cinders From the Ashes” (1879) by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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TRT: 41:09

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