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October 17, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(16):435-437. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391150015006

In the British Medical Journal, of August 22, is a very excellent editorial article on "Culture in the Medical Profession." Of it, however, we can only say that it urges upon medical men the importance and benefits to them and to the public of extending, when possible, their accomplishments beyond their professional sphere. To a certain extent—and to a large extent, this is true. But it would seem that outside work, and outside accomplishments, should be taken up with the view of at some time utilizing them in professional work. The list of medical men who have become distinguished in other fields than medicine is long and exceptionally brilliant—but as a rule in these cases they have distinguished themselves more in the outside field than in their proper life-work.

It is an unquestionable fact that a man must write if he would be known. It is not always the most

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