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May 16, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(20):1611-1612. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530460035005

During next month scores of commencement orations will be delivered to graduating classes at medical schools. As a rule the men who are selected to deliver such orations are extremely busy with the practical side of medicine and so can not devote the time to making their addresses all that they would wish. An excellent opportunity is provided in these addresses for impressing on the minds of those who are about to take up the practice of medicine some of the condensed wisdom gleaned from experience by our medical forefathers, who had learned many things that can not be obtained from books nor secured by attendance at lectures or laboratory exercises. Advice, of course, is easy to give and hard to take. The old saying that experience is a dear teacher, but every one must learn by his own experience, still remains absolutely true. Aphorisms that are the results of

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