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August 24, 1912

THE TRAINING OF THE DESIRABLE PRACTITIONER AND HIS MISSION

JAMA. 1912;LIX(8):585-589. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080267001
Abstract

To you this occasion is very significant; it marks an epoch in your life. Finally you are out of school, out of man-made schools. Only a little more cramming for the state board examinations and you are free, free from compulsory studies, free to learn afresh that which you ought to know well, and to forget that which is only a disturbing haze in your mind. But you ought to be aware that this occasion does not mark the end of all schooling. You have not arrived at the terminus; you are only at a station where the roads change. You are not celebrating the termination of your medical school days. It is your commencement day; you are passing the entrance examination into the school of life; into that particularly difficult life which the medical practitioner has to live. In that school you stand under the supervision of no other

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