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The Journal suggested in its editorial column (Oct. 24,1896, p. 920), that as the season was approaching for the annual distribution of peerages in Great Britain, it would be a fitting time to recognize the learned profession of medicine by promoting one of its members to the peerage.
We are therefore pleased to chronicle the fact that Sir Joseph Lister was created Lord Kinnear December 31.
This material recognition can not be otherwise than gratifying to the medical profession throughout the world, for whatever we may think of rank or title, we must admit that the world sits in judgment, and that its decrees favor rank and station, as a means of distinction. Republics are alone ungrateful, and since the foundation of the world, have paid little reward to their citizens who have rendered services to the state or distinguished themselves as discoverers in any branch of science. True, France
LORD KINNEAR. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(2):87–88. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440020039007
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