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April 16, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXX(16):924-925. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440680044005

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There is probably at this moment no inconsiderable number of practitioners who are contemplating the gradually diminishing amount of their incomes, and not from the depths of easy chairs either. It warms the cockles of our hearts, no doubt, to read of the beautiful natures of our twin friends, " The Doctor of the Old School " and " Doc Sifers," and we are inclined to pass their imperfections or rather their impracticalities by, with but small censure. And that these dear old fellows are not entirely creatures of the imagination has been proven by the published accounts of the hundreds of letters from various parts of the English speaking world, each claiming a physician of the immediate neighborhood as the hero of Maclaren's beautiful story. But it will be remembered that while lax in exacting payment, indeed often never asking any, this worthy pair were themselves the sole sufferers of their loose

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