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February 19, 1887

A CLASSICAL PATIENT.

JAMA. 1887;VIII(8):211. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391330015006

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Abstract

The following message (?) was left on the slate of a Boston physician:

[unk]

The physician, in writing to the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, claims that his inability to translate the line "shows the necessity of requiring Greek " (in the colleges). To us it only shows that the patient should have been taught to express his wants in English.

Doubtless one or two dozen translations of the line (no two alike) have been sent in by lovers of the classics residing even under the shadows of Harvard and the Bunker Hill monument. It is, then, perhaps too late for us to venture a translation, and it would be presumption extraordinary for those who do not see the necessity of requiring Greek, and who are somewhat out towards the periphery of the universe, to do more than offer a diagnosis of the patient's malady. If the patient cannot write English it

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