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June 8, 1889

TEMPERAMENT.Read before the Denver Medical Asssociation, and Arapahoe County Medical Society.

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JAMA. 1889;XII(23):795-797. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401000003001a

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What is it? To most of us it is a certain though ill-defined factor to be reckoned with in our dealings mental or physical with our fellow man.

In our efforts to exert an influence over one another, in religion, in politics, in trade, in education, and in disease, we all feel that this nebulous something has to be taken into account.

It appears as the resultant of various forces in the individual, and gives distinction and point to the character, in short, individuality to the individual. It is shown in the bone, in the outline, the motion, the thought, and the temper. The name implies that it is the tempering and mixing of different characteristics or qualities together, rather would it seem to be the resultant produced from the convergence of several forces and tendencies in the individual.

The ancient writers upon our art endeavored to explain these different

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