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December 15, 1962


JAMA. 1962;182(11):1114-1115. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050500046012

There are certain threads of eternal truth running through the warp and woof of medicine's fabric. Imhotep and Hippocrates detected them and pointed them out to their pupils. They were further carefully expounded and delineated through the centuries by Galen, Rhazes, Sydenham, and others. Sometimes these threads were manifested in lectures to students; sometimes they were demonstrated at the bedside of the sick; and sometimes, as during the Dark Ages, they were nearly lost. But somehow they have always shimmered and attracted the attention of the discerning practitioner who, on rare occasions, has elucidated and set them down for his contemporaries and future generations to contemplate. Often these threads have been in the hands of the practitioners of medicine—physicians who have made no outstanding contributions to the professional field in one sense—yet, who, by their personalities, their contacts with their contemporaries, and their devotion to the search for absolute truth,