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June 1, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(22):1825-1830. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220480001001

"That is to be wise to see not merely that which lies before your feet, but to foresee even those things which are in the womb of futurity."—Terentius.

Nations as well as individuals have their own peculiarities, their customs and habits, their own way of thinking and acting. The most characteristic feature of the American people in the eyes of the old world is the intense concern for the present and a relative disregard for the past and little concern for the future. The typical American concentrates his energies and devotes his time to accomplish what he has undertaken in the shortest possible space of time. We are a nation of intense workers, with little time for after- or forethought. Our country is new, its resources immense and only partially developed, and the possibilities for individual and corporate efforts unlimited. This intense activity, individual, corporate and national, has made our

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