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January 5, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(1):54-55. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520270060007

There is no royal road to professional success in medicine. Building a practice is proverbially slow work, but the man who, choosing his location with greater or less wisdom, burns his bridges behind him and doggedly waits, is he to whom success eventually comes.

One is struck, therefore, with the number of physicians who, having passed the "starvation period" of practice and commanding a certain degree at least of recognition, are unwilling to remain where they are, but seek what they believe to be fields with larger opportunities.

This thought is suggested by a terse little article1 by one who is alive to the best intersts of the profession, Dr. James F. Percy, president of the Illinois State Medical Society. As he well puts it: "I believe that in the majority of instances, this moving is a mistake. The time lost in obtaining a new foothold in a perhaps

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