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April 1, 1983

Gaudeamus Igitur

Author Affiliations

From the Divisions of Cardiology and Emergency Medicine, Departments of Medicine and Community Health, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta.

JAMA. 1983;249(13):1741-1742. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330370051030

For this is the day of joy which has been fourteen hundred and sixty days in coming and fourteen hundred and fifty-nine nights

For today in the breathing name of Brahms and the cat of Christopher Smart through the unbroken line of language and all the nouns stored in the angular gyrus today is a commencing

For this is the day you know too little against the day when you will know too much

For you will be invincible and vulnerable in the same breath which is the breath of your patients

For their breath is our breathing and our reason

For the patient will know the answer and you will ask him ask her

For the family may know the answer

For there may be no answer and you will know too little again or there will be an answer and you will know too much forever

For you