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The erection of these structures is characteristic of the people of all times who lay any claim to recognition as belonging to the civilized nations of the earth.
Monuments commemorate the name, life, acts and significant attainments of individuals and of events. The motive which incites to the building of these structures is nearly always praise-worthy, as it indicates an abnegation of self in the contribution of a token of gratitude, in order to commemorate the purpose that is to be kept alive in enduring granite and bronze, for the benefit of succeeding generations.
A few years ago a good spirit put it in the hearts of some members of the medical profession to raise funds to be expended in the erection of a monument in memory of the life of our Nation's first great physician, Dr. Benjamin Rush, and annually this subject has been brought before the members of
MONUMENTS. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(22):686–687. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411260028011
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