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July 19, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(3):105-106. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410290025003

In some communities, the honor in which the medical man of the place is held by all still persists as a remnant of the age that is past. This anomaly may be observed elsewhere as a result of the social precedence which the antecedents of the incumbent carry. Many, though not all medical men, are active in every good work in the community in which they live. They are leaders in literary and educational, as well as in political and benevolent undertakings, and the influence which they exert in these directions is accredited to the profession to which they belong. The fact that they are looked to as teachers of science in its broadest sense, and as examples of culture, leads them to depart from the too narrow limits of medical reading, for excursions into literature, philosophy and science. These examples of the cultured physician are most often, if not

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