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February 21, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(8):483-486. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490080001001

IDEALS IN MEDICINE.*  NORMAN BRIDGE, A.M., M.D.EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE, RUSH MEDICAL COLLEGE, CHICAGO. LOS ANGELES, CAL.The career of every man is made in part by his opportunities, his powers, his equipment for the particular work and by the accidents of life. It is made quite as much by the plan and conception of his work and of himself, with which he starts out—and these are his ideals; and the ideals of no two men are ever exactly alike.That a man's ideals are his making or his destruction is a very old truth, but it refers mostly to the cardinal virtues. The standards of honesty, truthfulness, uprightness and personal cleanness are the teaching of the best of all time. They, are the indispensable ideals. To enlarge on them now would be to preach a sermon, and that is not a part of this program.I would rather

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