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JAMA 100 Years Ago
October 18, 2006


JAMA. 2006;296(15):1912. doi:10.1001/jama.296.15.1912-a

It is usually thought that the picture so graphically and touchingly given by Ian MacLaren of the doctor of the old school in “By the Bonny Briar Bush” describes something that is entirely of the past and that can not be found in actual existence at the present day. Any such opinion, however, does not take into account the depths of sympathy in certain natures which prompt them to think rather about others than themselves. There is at least one striking example in our own day of sacrifices quite equal to those of Weelum MacClure, made for a people whose needs are quite as great and whose possibilities of returning anything like adequate rewards for services done them are even less than the Highland population which the Rev. Mr. Watson has described with such feeling. The hero of the story is Dr. Wilfred Grenfell, whose labors for the bodies and souls of the fisherfolk of the Labrador Coast have become very well known in recent years.