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May 29, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXIV(22):1819-1821. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570480015005

The time has now arrived when you will go forth into the world at large to practice the profession to the study of which you have devoted these last four years. You all look forward to this as a time of release from the burdens of an academic life, and most of you probably anticipate it as the coming of your era of independence. I fear that those of you who cherish this idea without great restriction are destined to receive more than one rude shock within the first brief year. Within these walls your way has been pointed out to you by those who have learned the road by experience, and to them you have been able to turn for aid in the solution of the problems which have confronted you thus far. With the hour of your entrance into the practice of medicine, all of this will change,

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