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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2207 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 2 June 1757 n.s.
Dated 1757 d. 2 junii. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Infucato Amico,
D[omino] D[octori] A[BRAHAM] BAECK,
Archiatro Regio,
S[alutem]
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

A me petiit D[omin]us Halenius testimonium, quod praestiterit examen prius Medicum, ante abitum ad exteros, quod et rite ita se habere testor. Attamen istud specimen non sufficit pro digno medico; est enim illud quasi tentamen, ut Facultas inde videat, quales sint et quam cito fructum ex iis colligere liceat.

Examinavimus strenue ultimo in chirurgicis et pharmaceuticis; nisi enim has calleant partes Medici, numquam existimationem apud hos magniloquos obtineant; dixi et reliquis alumnis, quod hisce partibus se praecipue tradant, non neglectis reliquis.

Quaeso, non loquaris de Kaeleri pecuniis, quamdiu pauper ille etiamnunc animum despondet. Nudus est ille acus instar; fac vires colligat et fructus eruditionis, si umquam solvat.

Upsaliae 1757 d[ie] 2 junii.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Jonas Petri HaleniusHalenius, Jonas Petri
(1727-1810). Swedish. Provincial
physician in the county of Uppland 1759.
has asked Linnaeus for a testimony that he has passed the first examination in medicine, before going abroad. Linnaeus has given it to him, but he stresses that the examination is not enough to make him a real doctor but only a kind of first test of what a student really could achieve.

Linnaeus has been busy with examinations in surgery and pharmaceutics, for if doctors are not good in these fields, they will never be acknowledged in higher society. Linnaeus has also indicated to his other students that they should devote themselves to these parts without neglecting the others.

Linnaeus asks Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
not to talk about Mårten KählerísKähler, Mårten
(1728-1773). Swedish. Physician, orator
and poet. Studied under Linnaeus and
Nils Rosén von Rosenstein. Served
as physician of the admirality at
Karlskrona. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
money as long as Kähler is despondent about it. He is unprotected and sensitive. Bäck should help him to recover and to obtain the fruits of his training.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original (KVA). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 26   p.26.