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Each age, period, and place has a tendency to look upon itself as the greatest, and this is better than to have an inferiority complex or mock humility. It is the unusual person who can escape from his own preoccupations and experiences to produce valid generalizations. People fifty years ago, a hundred years ago, or at any other bygone time often wrote as though they lived in the best, most exciting, or most advanced age. Any time can claim to be current and contemporary, but history compares at leisure. The story of repeated alterations in medical customs, philosophies, and practice, what is so often called cheerfully "modern advances," make it very difficult for any age to judge itself. Canby Robinson's "Adventures in Medical Education" leads us through his early days at the brand new Johns Hopkins, his later hospital training, and his residency; the exciting developments of the Rockefeller Institute
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