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September 22, 1900


Author Affiliations

Jackson Professor of Clinical Medicine, Harvard University, etc. BOSTON.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(12):723-726. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620380001001

When, under the influence of faulty metabolism or other cause, pessimism gets the better of us, we sometimes quote with approval the remark of Solomon the Wise, that there is nothing new under the sun, without reflecting that Solomon himself was probably not feeling his best at the moment. Something in his internal or large domestic economy had gone wrong, I suspect. Possibly he had to write an address! However, this may be, let us suppose him suddenly brought for a visit to one of our large cities. He would certainly find that advance in knowledge has brought about great change in our relation to things, be the things themselves never so ancient or immutable. Solomon was at the fin of his siècle, but the old sun looks down on a different world at the fin of this siècle. He could not fail to be impressed by the subdivision of