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January 5, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(1):1-6. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470010001001

Specialism is a significant feature of our times and by no means confined to medicine. Few eminent lawyers undertake to practice all phases of jurisprudence; many devote their efforts to one distinct department only. Thus we have the criminal, the patent, the real-estate, the probate, the mercantile, the corporation, and, lastly, but not of the least interest to some physicians, the collection lawyer. Few painters have achieved world-wide fame unless by constant application to a single purpose. Rosa Bonheur and Verboeckhoven have never tired of depicting animals, the Barbizon school has revealed to us the beauties of rural life, Mezdag is known only by his marine pictures, Israel by his frugal interiors, Meissonier by his war scenes, Lenbach and Whistler by their realistic portraits, our own Innes by his inimitable landscapes. In all domains of mental energy, in commerce and the industries, we find specialties. Who can wonder then that

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