April 18, 1896


Author Affiliations

Professor of Gynecology and Syphilology in Barnes Medical College, St. Louis, Mo.; formerly Professor of Genito-Urinary Surgery and Venereal Diseases in College of Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago; Ex-President of Arkansas Med. Society; Ex-Secretary Obstetric and Gynecological Section American Medical Association; Member of Chicago Med. Society, Mississippi Valley Medical Society, American Ass'n of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Southern Gynecological and Surgical Ass'n, and Ex-chairman of Section on Anatomy and Surgery of American Medical Ass'n.; Consulting Surgeon Mo. P. and I. M. Ry's. HOT SPRINGS, ARK.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(16):749-753. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430680001001

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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,

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