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March 4, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XX(9):257. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420360033004

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Once upon a time it was our melancholy duty to attend a general meeting of the members of the medical profession, which had been called to take action pertaining to the decease of a highly respected brother physician. A chairman and secretary were selected, and on motion the usual committee was appointed to bring in resolutions suitable to the occasion. These were promptly reported, and after several speakers had referred to the exemplary character of the deceased, one of the brethren arose, and said he felt it a duty incumbent upon him and somewhat unpleasant to perform, but he could not sit still and witness the passage of those resolutions without a personal protest, inasmuch as the preamble referred to the dead man as a distinguished physician. That he never knew of the deceased having done anything to merit so eulogistic a title as that of being a " distinguished " member

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