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January 27, 1912


JAMA. 1912;LVIII(4):235-238. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260010237001

The ideals of to-day are the history of to-morrow in the embryo.

Who better than the man of medicine may have high ideals? Who better than he may anticipate the history he is helping to make? Who may look back to the history of the past with such pride in his profession? If we may judge the future by the past, if the deeds that men have done are a guide to what they may do, if the record of other days is an inspiration for days to come, if a noble heritage obliges us to nobility, then how great is our debt to the past! How deep is our duty to the present! How lofty is our inspiration for the future!

Every great movement for human welfare in promoting health and vigor has been instigated, advocated, and carried to success chiefly by the medical profession to its own great

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