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While walking with a professional friend in the city of Chicago, I asked what had become of a certain doctor with whose name I had become familiar through his contributions to surgical literature some five years ago. The answer was, "He is doing some practice now." This good doctor's answer impressed me and begat other questions. How much of our current literature comes from those who write before they practice? How much from doctors who practice before they write, and what is the real motive which prompts the writer? Is it to place upon the altar of science the tithes of his experience? If so, have they been tested in the crucible of truth, and is he giving us only the atom of gold which he has found among the dross, or is our embryonic specialist intoxicated with the little knowledge gained by reading plus that obtained by his maiden
EASTMAN J. ABDOMINAL SURGERY AND ITS EVOLUTION AND INVOLUTION.Read and discussed before the Marion County Medical Society, November 15, 1892. JAMA. 1893;XX(10):261–264. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420370001001
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