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July 7, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXIX(1):17-20. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590280019006

To many it may seem a presumption for a rhinologist to enter the sacred domain of this section and discuss a subject so intimately the field of the ophthalmologist. The Grenzgebiet is still a cause for strife between surgeons as between nations. My own hope is that in the domain of medicine, at least, it may soon be transcended by that higher aim, "the ultimate good to the patient," just as in national life it may ultimately be a question of "the greatest good to the greatest number." Then will humanity and benevolence rather than selfishness be the guiding principle in men's lives.

The demands of modern medicine become each day more extensive and exacting, and the specialties each day more circumscribed in their limitations. Whereas, in this country at least, it is but a short cry back to the times when the same individual encompassed, or attempted to encompass,