THIS epicurean doctrine so sweetly sung by Horace applies to no man more fully than it does to Julius Lempert. As Lempert learned there is nothing more thankless than the attempt to influence any field of public action or medical opinion. If you fail, you are a forgotten fool but if you succeed, you are by no means a remembered wise man. Everybody thinks as you were once alone in thinking, but everybody thanks himself—and not you—for the acuteness or wisdom of his thoughts—and no one can bring himself to believe that what is now the easy and obvious property of all was once the perilous and toilsome discovery of one. In these days when the ancient prophecy "Many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall be in creased" seems so fully realized, the diffusion of knowledge is rapid and the work of one observer soon merges
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