I believe it is often an advantage to the general practitioner to occasionally visit his professional brethren and observe how they do things. This is especially true of the country, where doctors have not the opportunity of meeting each other at the hospitals and colleges, and where societies have their meetings few and far between.
Some time ago, feeling the need of a little recreation after passing through an epidemic of typhoid fever, I concluded to pay a long-promised visit to an old friend who lived in a comfortable town of about 6000 inhabitants about thirty miles distant. I had not seen him since we were at school together, except occasionally at the State Association or some other medical society, and knew nothing of his affairs, except that I had heard through mutual friends that he was popular in his neighborhood and was doing a good practice.
I gave no
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