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JAMA Revisited
December 8, 2015

To the Young Doctors of 1895

JAMA. 2015;314(22):2422. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12140

“Practice and experience are of the greatest moment in arts; and there is no kind of occupation in which men may not learn by their abortive attempts.”—Columella.

The schools have turned out this year an unusually large number of physicians. Where they will all go? what will they all do? and how many will succeed in reaching a high professional level? are questions that can only be answered by speculation. The medical statistician assures us, with the blunt rudeness of a mathematical slugger, that such a percentage die during the first year, that so many grow weary, and engage in other pursuits within a twelvemonth, or within two years at most, and the remainder, say 75 per cent. remain in the profession to work, and worry, and win success or failure as best they may.

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