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June 29, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXIV(26):995-996. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430260001001

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The purpose of this pleasant meeting, held under the auspices of the gallant Columbian Knights, is not a mercenary but a merciful one. There are some good people who entertain the idea that doctors are like ministers—in one respect—that they are always asking and receiving. These are the excellent citizens who pay their bills. There is another large class who realize that doctors are persistent askers but poor getters. These are the beneficiaries of our good-natured Esculapians, but they would have their doctors work for nothing, board themselves and go to the Chicago River to drink. Medical men have learned, perforce, that it is more blessed to give than to receive, and we are not here to ask more than we are willing to give.

Every prosperous citizen owes a certain obligation to the community to which he is indebted for his prosperity. There may be poetry but there is

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