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September 26, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVII(13):490-491. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410910030007

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To one who, having borne the burden of the day, can sit down and write in jubilant strain of his professional life, his fellows and his juniors are constrained to listen. Such an one is Dr. William W. Parker, of Richmond, Va., and President of his State Medical Society, and he is the author of a most readable little address before the alumni of his medical college, delivered in April last. His subject was "Forty Years a Doctor," and it wavers like a pendulum between the joys and sorrows of his professional life, but joyous at the end in the consciousness of a race well run, and of much good done to others. Two score years of service finds him saying to his juniors: "Do not think that the bad treatment you have received is a lot exceptionally hard. All your predecessors, without one exception, have had the same hard

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