JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.
In one of his recent fables, George Ade quotes an old physician, who
advises a young man not to take up the profession of medicine. Among other
evidences of the unprofitableness of the study, the physician remarks that
"we are most of us held down so close to the carpet that we have to buy last
year's magazines to put in the waiting room." Mr Ade is certainly an observer
and has probably frequented physicians' waiting rooms not a little to make
such a generalization as this. There are many of these rooms where the literature
left to pass the patient's time is not only antiquated, but often suggestive
of contagion, in view of the handling, etc., by the patients who pass in and
out. We have often been a little timid about too close handling of some venerable
documents on the waiting room tables of dermatologic specialists, and have
sometimes thought it might be better to have none at all for the peace of
mind of apprehensive individuals. It is a good thing to have magazines, current
illustrated periodicals, etc., on the waiting room table, for the patients
would be more likely to patiently await their turn, but there should be either
a certificate of disinfection attached to each periodical or the date of publication
should show that the matter is moderately new, not lapping too far over in
the past century.
INTRACELLULAR TOXINS AND THEIR RELATION TO IMMUNITY. JAMA. 2003;289(17):2292. doi:10.1001/jama.289.17.2292-a
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