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August 7, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(6):289-291. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440320033006

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The late Sir Henry Holland, who died at an advanced age, declared in his memoirs that his life had been exceptionally happy, and that he attributed much of this to the two months' holiday that he took every year. Although we can not all be court physicians, yet most of us acknowledge the wisdom and propriety in the suggestion as to holiday diversion. Sitting in stuffy offices during sweltering weather, waiting for patients who perhaps never come, or traversing sun-baked streets in his daily rounds, the fancy of a weary physician, like that of a starving man at a barmecidal feast, turns to the fresh blue sea with its foaming rollers tossing upon the beach, and his mind teems with recollections of Newport, Narragansett or some less favored places, that since the time Chryses wandered disconsolate and silent by the sounding main, the sea and its shores have been resorted

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