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It is difficult for anyone intimately connected with an institution so old and renowned as the Pennsylvania Hospital to estimate fully the influence on thought and action of its very antiquity and renown. From the rooms that preceded the one we inaugurate, from the old rotunda, from the newer building in which until now successive generations of eager students assembled, have gone forth lessons that stamped themselves into the professional mind; lessons that stood by the listener in many a trial; lessons of readiness, of expertness, of cool determination in the surgeon; of profound analysis, of keen detection, of skill in meeting untoward symptoms, in the physician. In the rooms that were anterior to this, have stood and taught those who were not unworthy successors to Rush, who for thirty years was the most conspicuous medical figure in this hospital, as indeed, by his learning, captivating eloquence and ardent zeal
COSTA JMD. ADDRESS DELIVERED AT THE OPENING OF THE GARRETT MEMORIAL BUILDING, PENNSYLVANIA HOSPITAL. Philadelphia, April 23, 1897. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(19):863–865. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440190001001
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