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December 29, 1888


JAMA. 1888;XI(26):912-913. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400770012005

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The preface to the first edition of Sydenham's "Method of Curing Fevers," which appeared in 1666, opened as follows: "Whoever takes up medicine should seriously consider the following points: firstly, that he must one day render to the Supreme Judge an account of the lives of those sick men who have been intrusted to his care. Secondly, that such skill and science as, by the blessing of God, he has attained, are to be specially directed towards the honor of his Maker and the welfare of his fellow-creatures, sinceit is a base thing for the great gifts of heaven to become the servants of avarice or ambition. Thirdly, he must remember it is no mean ignoble animal that he deals with."

Within the past two weeks the public and the medical profession of Chicago have learned, through exposures in the Chicago Times, that there are numbers of professional midwives and

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