On beginning a medical letter the mind is beset with all sorts of doubts. Impressions in anticipation easily fill entertaining and instructive volumes; impressions in retrospect are prone to dwindle especially when they are submitted to that conscientious winnowing which the busy readers of a modern periodical have a right to demand of the writer who ventures to address them.
In the first place, are there not many who consider a medical trip abroad no longer justifiable, since medicine has reached so high a development at home? In the second place, in view of the electric promptness with which events medical in the old world are chronicled in the new, can an ordinary medical traveler without especial literary training hope nowadays to write anything to his colleagues at home which can either interest by its novelty or please by its form?
No matter how great the development
BARKER LF. TRAVEL NOTES.II. IS A TRIP TO EUROPE WORTH ITS COST TO THE MEDICAL MAN? JAMA. 1904;XLIII(5):328–329. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500050002a
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