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November 12, 1898

THE PULSE: ITS DIAGNOSTIC AND PROGNOSTIC VALUE.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(20):1153-1156. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450200021001i

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Abstract

The proper study of mankind is man.—Pope.

Have you a working pulse?—Shakespeare.

Mr. President and Gentlemen:  In the mad scramble for novelties which seems to have seized our profession, as it did the ancient Athenians, you may be surprised at my presumption in asking your attention to so prosaic a subject as ''The Pulse: Its Diagnostic and Prognostic Value."This is the age of the infinitesimally small, and he who would spring, like Minerva, full grown into fame, must, like Pasteur, Koch, Sanarelli, Klebs, Loeffler, Eberth and Laveran, succeed in standing sponsor for some micro-organism. Failing that, you might yet seek the "bubble reputation" by investigations into the biology of certain of these lower forms of life, and like MacCallum and Opie of Johns Hopkins, succeed in catching the Halteridium of Labbe in his amorous advances. These observers having shown that the passive granular form of this hematazoon

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