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January 6, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(1):50-51. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460010058013

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If there be any who believe that the practice of medicine is a royal road to fortune, their minds should be disabused by communications like those of which two appear in the Lancet for Dec. 9, 1899. One of these is an appeal for funds for the widow of a medical practitioner, in order that she may join a hospital to be trained as an obstetric nurse and become self-supporting, the husband dying from typhoid fever after having been partially invalided for nearly five years by an accident, and leaving his widow utterly unprovided for. The second communication is likewise an appeal, this time on behalf of a practitioner himself and his half-starving family. This man was reduced to sheer poverty in consequence of disease, but in spite of his sufferings he labored on, and made some provision for his children, but even this eventually became jeopardized by the necessities

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