Every one is, to a greater or lesser extent, to borrow the title of de Musset's masterpiece, a child of his century. The adult of today and of tomorrow is largely the creature of his education.
Adolph von Kussmaul, who has given us one of the most interesting and fascinating medical autobiographies ever written, in the introduction to his "Jugenderinnerungen eines alten Artzes" expresses his thankfulness that a kind Providence permitted him to live in the greatest of all centuries—the nineteenth. He describes with enthusiasm the achievements of his century, the development of steam railways, the extension of transatlantic travel, the birth of the new science of bacteriology, the discovery of anesthesia, the application of asepsis and antisepsis in surgery and the discovery of the x-rays. The nineteenth was indeed a great century and we of the twentieth pay respectful homage to its great achievements; we recall with grateful admiration
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