August 2, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(5):184. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410310024005

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We are all familiar, ad nauseam, with the much misquoted adage about the differences of opinion among physicians. The adage is generally sneeringly applied to our own profession, but erroneously so since the origin and early history can be proved to have been entirely a theological one. But still another view of the case is put upon the question by an article in the British Medical Journal of June 14, which takes the sting out of the sneer, if we allow, for the sake of argument, that the adage is relevant to medicine. The Journal says that the Lord Chancellor, Lord Halsbury, at a recent public meeting in London, went so far as to make it a particular merit of the judges, and one of their claims to the public esteem which they so justly enjoy, that they spent nearly half their time in " differing from their learned brethren." Hence it

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