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January 16, 1892


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JAMA. 1892;XVIII(3):64-66. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411070004001b

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Of the physician's duty toward his patient much has been set forth by the press, medical, religious, and secular. It remains for our body to present and enlarge upon as well as to impress one another with the importance of our duty toward ourselves. Though often lost sight of, it is still of first magnitude, morally, professionally, and financially. However strongly it may be held that professional life has in consciousness its own reward, however often it may be reiterated that worldliness is no part of our creed, the truth remains that, in common with the rest of humanity, we must live and must fight for life. We have enemies, we have opposition and competition, antagonistic factors that will of necessity be victors or vanquished.

Not a few of us here present have found that the voyage is not over an altogether smooth sea, is not free from storm and

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