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Gentlemen of the Graduated Class:
—I have been requested by the faculty of Barnes Medical College to address a few words to you in parting. I feel the importance of the occasion, and if I shall say anything which you can carry home with you and which will enable you to be better physicians or truer men I will have done much. You have passed your final examination for the degree of M.D.; upon this I congratulate you and trust the future may bring to you, all that your mind can picture of success or your heart crave of sympathy.You have only made a beginning; have simply learned the alphabet of your new life. We have tried to teach you how to study; how to use the tools of your new calling; have simply laid the foundation; upon this you must build a superstructure of hay, wood or stubble,
JELKS JT. THE PATHFINDERS.. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(16):749-753. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430680001001