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April 11, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(15):725-726. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430670027002g

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Who is there, these days, without a "fad"? Every man has at least one, some have many, whether they know it or not. Doctors are especially prone to this trouble. One doctor's fad is writing and reading articles for his medical society, another doctor's fad is to object to everything written or said. I know a doctor whose fad is fine horses. He thinks a doctor without a fine horse is no doctor at all. I know another doctor whose fad is a cleanly office, and he is disgusted with any doctor who does not keep his office clean. I know another doctor whose fad is to have an office in such a condition that all are disgusted who enter it. Iodoform or carbolic acid is the first thing you smell, and dirt is found in and upon everything he handles. If asked why he indulges this fad, he claims

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