March 25, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(12):964. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500390048009

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Among the deaths reported in this issue of The Journal are those of Dr. Albert B. Craig of Philadelphia and Dr. James A. Moore of New Haven, both of whom died from cerebrospinal meningitis, the disease in each case having been contracted from patients. These men died in line of duty, as do soldiers who fall in battle or who die from disease contracted in service. The soldier does not consider it heroic to do his duty, nor does the physician who succumbs while fighting disease as a part of his professional duty. The physician who shows himself a coward in the presence of the danger of infection or contagion is deserving of nothing but contempt and obloquy. The deaths of men like these bid us pause and reflect on the heritage of honor and of sacred trust that is ours as physicians.

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