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March 14, 1966

A Medical Reminder

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Philadelphia, Pa

JAMA. 1966;195(11):971. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100110139052

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To the Editor:—  E. G. Dimond's plea for the medical continuum in which the physician remains a student all his life brings to mind two teachings from earlier days.One of these was the remark of J. Chalmers Da Costa who once told a graduating class of the Jefferson Medical College where he taught surgery, "Each of us, however old, is still an undergraduate in the school of experience. When a man thinks he has graduated he becomes a public menace."The other is the excerpt from Tennyson's "Ulysses," which Arthur A. Stevens, a teacher of my student days, used for the title page of his A Manual of the Practice of Medicine:Yet all experience is an arch where-throughGleams that untravelled world, whose margin fadesForever and forever when I move.

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