Good physicians, like good priests, have to live their profession. A doctor's style of life, the circle of his friends, and the emotional feed-back from his patients are all woven into his career. He cannot well put his career in a separate compartment. He will be wise to steer his life as one ship. He will have to use the capacities he was born with. It is too late to change grandparents. He will have to build on the personality developed in his upbringing. It is too late to change parents. Whatever strength of character he finds in himself can be built up further. Each year of life adds to the mass of what one is and soaks up ever more of the momentum one seeks to impart in the next year of living. So he can change his personality only slowly. But the art of human relations is wide
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