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October 29, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(18):1057-1059. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450180051005

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In these doleful days of overcrowding and hospitalism it ought to be welcome news that a new field is opening up for our professional activity. To the prophetic vision of the Cassandras of both sexes in our ranks—and they are many—the direful prospect has already presented itself of the day when disease having become extinct through the noble but suicidal efforts of the doctor and sanitarian, our occupation, like Othello's, will be gone. Any new outlet for our energies will help to either postpone that dies irœ, or to mitigate its horrors when it does arrive. And we wish to seriously call the attention of the profession to the fact that there is opening up before us today in the schoolroom an almost entirely new field of usefulness, one which could profitably absorb the entire energies of one-third of our present membership and whose possible extent and usefulness to the

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