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November 18, 1905

LED ASTRAY.CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS BEFORE THE SECTION ON PHARMACOLOGY, AT THE FIFTY-SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, PORTLAND, ORE., JULY 11-14, 1905.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(21):1535-1540. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510210005001a
Abstract

A cat, who had lived for years with a family and was beloved by it, on one of his nightly strolls, met an owl. "Oh, bird of wisdom," exclaimed the cat, "how I wish that I had some of your learning! I pray you take me with you on your explorations and be my instructor." "Hoot, hoot," answered the owl; "and what will be my reward?" "I will give you all the mice that I catch," responded the cat, "and I am deemed an able hunter."

From that time on the cat accompanied the owl, sat at its feet and listened to its wise sayings. But with the newly acquired wisdom the cat grew arrogant; his former associations, his simple life, the fireside where he had so long been welcomed, the gentle care of the housewife, were forgotten by him or disdained.

"I am no longer your pupil, owl," said

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