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October 4, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(14):485-490. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410400001001

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THE DOCTORATE ADDRESS,  Delivered to the Graduating Class of the Kentucky School of Medicine, June 19, 1890.BY GOVERNOR J. PROCTOR KNOTT, OF KENTUCKY.After a humorous exordium which at once put him completely en rapport with his audience, Governor Knott said:Pardon me, however, if I call your attention at the very threshold to the duties and responsibilities of the profession to which you have consecrated your talents, your energies and your lives. No other calling known among men demands a more absolute self-negation than the one you have chosen. No other vocation—not even the sacred ministration of religion itself—requires a more constant exercise of the higher faculties of the human mind, or a more earnest devotion of the purer and nobler attributes of the human soul.The physician who is thoroughly imbued with the true spirit of the Hippocratic oath not only dedicates his life to the service

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