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JAMA 100 Years Ago
April 1, 1998


Author Affiliations

Brian P.PaceMA, Assistant Editor

JAMA. 1998;279(13):978. doi:10.1001/jama.279.13.978-JJY80008-3-1

April 16, 1898

The stranger remarked: "I think I can tell what your business is." "What?" "Night watch." "No, friend, you are mistaken; they can go to sleep on their beat and they draw their wages regularly." "Well, then you're a fireman, ain't you?" "Worse than that; no such regular pay or sleep for me." "Well, what are you then?" "Why, I'm a doctor; one of those unfortunate fellows who are called up so often that they don't know night from day, excepting when they get out of town, and never draw their pay while they are away, either."

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