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November 10, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(19):1569. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520190049010

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Some time ago when the niches in the Hall of Fame were to be filled, there was a certain amount of surprise, among the medical profession at least, that no physicians were included in the list of the chosen. Many of us thought that Benjamin Rush, at least, ought to have had his niche. In contrast to this, notice the result of the recent popular vote in Germany as to the twelve greatest men in the fatherland. Third in the list stood the name of Robert Koch, and eleventh that of Ernst von Behring. This does not indicate that American physicians have never accomplished anything, but, rather that the American people, taking them on an average, do not have the same knowledge of the general affairs of the world as the German. This statement will perhaps bear modifying, for the Americans are great newspaper readers. The fault probably lies with

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