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JAMA 100 Years Ago
November 13, 2013

The Passing of the Family DoctorGeorge W. Guthrie, M.D., Wilkes-Barre, PA

JAMA. 2013;310(18):1989. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5406

Lowell says, “Time makes ancient good uncouth.” The whole trend of modern thought is to look for a new and better way. We travel, literally, in chariots with horses of fire. Jules Verne’s dream of “Around the World in Eighty Days” has been more than realized and the stories of the Arabian Nights are equaled by the every-day events of common life.

Even our sentimental life has changed. The beautiful story of Uncle Toby and the fly that was an inspiration to our boyish imagination and the picture of the kindly old man opening the window and saying, “There’s room enough in this world for both thee and me” has been changed to the slogan “swat the fly.” We have come to agree with Cowper in reference to the lower animals that

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