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June 22, 1895


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JAMA. 1895;XXIV(25):963-966. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430250011001c

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I believe that St. Luke was the only physician upon the Apostolic Board, and that he is the generally accredited author of the Acts of the Apostles, in which, describing the visit of St. Paul to Athens, he declares parenthetically this very remarkable historic note:

"For all the Athenians and the strangers that were there, spend their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing." And this neophilism which the great Apostle of the Gentiles has given as an historic character to the "City of the Violet Crown," has descended unto us of later days, and it may be said with truth that among all the workers in the great field of science, medical men are most eager for discovery and most earnest in the search for the ever-unfolding mysteries of truth. And notwithstanding the fact that this spirit of investigation has often been

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