1897 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)  
according to the family tradition, he ought to have become a clergyman. His father, grandfather, great¬ grandfather and all his ancestors up to the sixteenth century were pastors, and the last one of these known, Paul Richter, was ordained by Luther in 1545. It had become a proverbial expression that clergymen are blessed with a big family, and Richter's proved no exception; August Gottlieb's father had nine brothers and sisters, and he himself had five; one of his brothers became a minister in
more » ... ecame a minister in Hanover, another was counselor of the consistory of Anhalt-Dessau, and one of his sisters married a preacher. Having been instructed by competent teachers and sufficiently prepared to enter the university, he began the study of medicine at Göttingen in 1760, during the war. So when a hospital was equipped for the wounded soldiers, the young student joined the man¬ aging physicians and was so enthusiastic that he spent almost all of his time there. Under these cir¬ cumstances, it was not surprising that he had no fascination for the learned profession of his uncle. Probably from a motive to please him, not to satisfy himself, Richter wrote a Doctor-dissertation on " de prisca Roma," after studying four years. He publicly substantiated his views on Sept. 12, 1764, " with honor," and on the 17th of the same month, at the
doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440220021003 fatcat:t43nxylasfbczea3kahzgoemwm