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March 22, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(12):420-421. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410120024004

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A very common error, or rather misguided expectation on the part of the aspirant for medical honors, is immediate acknowledgment. He looks for a swift recognition, perhaps naturally enough, since exuberant youth always paints with glowing colors and ever talks in hyperbole, without regard for the experience of the past. But in the review of events, can it never be brought home, how many cruel disappointments have there not been, and how much fame is based upon episode. What really, in popular esteem, would the reputation of Sheridan have been worth without his " Ride," or that of Sherman without his " March to the Sea?" Not that we would disparage, but rather that we would exalt the works which rendered such achievements a possible opportunity. In our own profession, in which theory is so often marred by the immaturity of feeble premises, there are examples certainly more than a score. The

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