JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.
Hobbies, apart from medicine, should be developed by the physician during his virile years; so that in the afternoon and evening of his life they will sustain and comfort him, and provide such light interest and occupation as are essential to most venerable men who have in their prime been of a robust and achieving habit. Many examples from the varied walks of life, of such fads and hobbies, come at once to mind. Salisbury knew much of electricity, Gladstone of Homer, Chamberlain of orchids. Balfour is immersed—literally, some fear—in psychic research; Lodge has become absolutely submerged in this regard. Joseph Choate knows a great deal more than the law; that is why he is so excellent a lawyer; and why it has been said that there are three kinds of lawyers—those of the old school, those of the new school, and Choate. Billroth was a superb pianist; Strümpell is a clever violinist; many among our colleagues are excellent performers on musical instruments, and are all the better surgeons and physicians, for their genial and humanizing accomplishments, all the better qualified to comprehend the sufferings they must alleviate.
THE HOBBIES OF PHYSICIANS.. JAMA. 2008;300(9):1088. doi:10.1001/jama.300.9.1088-a