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September 2, 1974

A Letter to R.L.S.

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San Mateo, Calif

JAMA. 1974;229(10):1287. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230480015017

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To Mr. Stevenson.—  Nearly 100 years have passed since you wrote of doctors in terms that live today as one of our lustrous treasures:There are men and classes of men that stand above the common herd: the soldier, the sailor, and the shepherd not infrequently; the artist rarely; rarelier still, the clergyman; the physician almost as a rule. He is the flower (such as it is) of our civilization.Since you left California and the