Those who have made the most notable contributions to advancement in both medicine and surgery have been nonconformists—men who did not accept precedent as their guiding star.
The opportunity for expansion in the medical profession is limitless, but to the conformist, who always merely expresses the views and apes the acts of some predecessor, the door to progress not only is closed but is sealed. Though his personal desire for material gains may be gratified and he may be congratulated and applauded by other slaves to precedent on the perfection that he may have attained in his parrot like accomplishments, yet one may be sure that no real progress, essentially the product of originality in thought and action, will ever emanate from him. As a factor, influential in the extension of the scope of either medicine or surgery, he is dead, no matter how skilful he may be in
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