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September 13, 1884


JAMA. 1884;III(11):306-307. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390600026014

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While physicians are diligently searching, in this latter day, for all sorts of micro-organisms, whether as tubercle bacilli, cholera bacilli, pneumonia micrococci, or what not, there is another form of creature demanding vigorous antiseptic treatment. Though not microscopic of body, it is infinitesimal of soul. We do not need to hunt for it with magnifying lenses, nor to immerse it in staining fluids. In its own natural color, that of unblushing effrontery, it daily makes itself apparent to the eye of the medical man, and, we may add, that of his collector. Do we need to describe this pestiferous vermin further? It is that most odious of all parasites, who feeds on the tender heart of the doctor.

Seriously, why should the medical man be compelled to suffer at the hands of "dead-beats" in a manner and to a degree that would be tolerated by no other professional or business

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