August 1940


Author Affiliations

Professor Emeritus of Surgery, the Johns Hopkins University BALTIMORE

Arch Surg. 1940;41(2):296-298. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1940.01210020092010

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In these ultrascientific days it may possibly be construed by some as rank heresy even to suggest that there may be something else in surgery besides the purely scientific aspect. I yield to none in my admiration for those devoted men and women who have dedicated their lives and their all to science and to research into the hidden mysteries of nature. All honor to them, and may continued success attend their labors! Humanity has greatly benefited by their invaluable contributions to the sum total of human knowledge.

With no thought of detracting one iota from the credit due them, I feel constrained, however, to draw the attention of the members of the medical profession to a matter of prime importance in this connection. I believe that it will be generally accepted as a matter of common experience that as a surgeon grows older and sees more of life, particularly

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