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November 17, 1883


JAMA. 1883;I(19):571-573. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390190023009

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Early impressions and our personal surroundings have something to do with the formation of our opinions.

When a youth, my father, a clergyman, in one of his parochial visits took me into a small house where two sisters lay dying of consumption. When we left, my father said to me that probably the younger sister had taken the disease by sleeping with the older one.

My own mother developed the same dreadful disease, from which time her life was one of self-abnegation. She did not allow her children to take her breath; to cough, she invariably took herself to her room. So particular was she in the destruction of her sputa, that I never but once saw it, and that was when called to her bedside when she was supposed to be dying. I saw a splash of blood and pus that had fallen to the floor. She never kissed

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