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July 9, 1932


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JAMA. 1932;99(2):93-95. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740540001001

"The present is in every age merely the shifting point at which past and future meet and we can have no quarrel with either." In these words of Havelock Ellis there is contained the germ of an inspiration which should find lodgment and growth in the consciousness of all who are deeply concerned with their work in life. Therein is expressed the true conception of what men call vision. This means literally seeing backward, seeing now and seeing forward, and then harmonizing the relations of each objective. Just as in ocular vision one does not see with the eye but with the brain, so in the larger realm vision depends on the higher virtues of character, philosophy, discernment and understanding.

For the surgeon, vision is a vital requirement. The ability to see behind, through and beyond the problems presented to him is the true test of his mastery of his

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