[Skip to Navigation]
May 26, 1900


Author Affiliations

Professor of the Surgery of the Genito-Urinary Organs and Syphilology, in the Medical Department of the State University of Illinois. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(21):1316-1321. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610210022001h

So live that when thy time has come to join the innumerable caravan which moves to that mysterious bourne peopled by doctors who have died of innutrition, thou go not like the general practitioner called at night, scourged from his office, but, sustained and soothed by the motto "Never trust," approach thy grave like one who wraps his stocks and bonds about him and lies down to pleasant dreams.1

Some months since I had the honor of addressing a medical club of Chicago, composed of prominent general practitioners. I chose for my theme "The Business Aspect of Medicine." The resulting discussion was so animated, and the participants were so interested in the subject, that I promised to amplify and publish my remarks—a promise that for many and sufficient reasons I have hitherto been unable to keep.

That there are a number of points in this address on which many