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June 14, 1884

The Hospital College of Medicine of Louisville, Ky.

JAMA. 1884;II(24):664. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390470020004

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—This institution, which constitutes the Medical Department of Central University, held its regular annual commencement exercises on the evening of May 29, 1884, and conferred the degree of M.D., upon thirty-one candidates. The valedictory address in behalf of the Faculty was delivered by Prof. Dudley S. Reynolds, who, with many other items, gave the class the following good advice: " You should join the medical societies to which you are eligible. Comparison of experience and interchange of opinions strengthen and enlarge your views of practice. Publish all your particularly interesting observations and experiences for the benefit of your brethren." And he should have added, "keep a faithful record of all acute cases of disease, especially in reference to date of beginning, apparent etiological conditions, and results of treatment." Such a record commenced in the beginning of professional life, begets a habit of closer observation, greater accuracy of knowledge, and furnishes a

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