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It is demonstrably true that distance lends enchantment, for three thousand miles of ocean does increase one's transatlantic veneration. Europe and America are veritable El Dorados when viewed respectively from the opposing shores. The philosopher of Chelsea would have been less of a hero-worshiper had he been more of a traveler. Plato's Republic was a beautiful thing to dream of in the groves of the Academy, but out here in America it seems to have drawbacks that reveal many imperfections. A medical code of ethics is "a thing of beauty and a joy forever" until—well, until you discover your high-code neighbors underbidding for your patients. Medical matters are strictly scientific abroad, you fondly imagine, until you plant your feet upon foreign soil. London with its hundred and thirty or more hospitals is far from being the medical Elysium for everybody there, as we had foolishly fancied. The wail of our
METTLER LH. MEDICAL LONDON. NOTES FROM MY SKETCH BOOK. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(2):83–86. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430800025001h
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