American Practitioner and News Volume 19

American Practitioner and News Volume 19

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...the fiery ordeal of experience will unite in declaring it to be courage. Over the entrance to the room where the philosopher Plato lectured to the students of Athens was written the sign, " Let no one enter here who is unacquainted with geometry." With much greater propriety would every aspirant to Esculapian honors on entering a medical institution be confronted with the words, "Let no one enter here who possesses not courage." Courage to do what duty and conscience say is right, even though it be against personal interests and personal friendship. Courage to tell the truth at all times and under all circumstances, though the heavens fall. Courage to enter contagious chambers and touch the fevered brow of suffering humanity and apply the resources of the healing art. The discharge of such duties requires, as has been proven in many cases, greater courage than a Caesar or a Cato possessed. It is the doctor's lot to see humanity in all its protean phases. He witnesses, if he practices his profession long, all that is noble and all that is base in human character, filial love and devotion great as that of "Little Nell," inhuman cruelty monstrous as the hellish deeds of Bill Sykes, poverty and misery distressing as that of the Faubourg St. Antoine as delineated by Hugo in Les Miserables, maternal sorrow and grief heartrending as that of Niobe mourning the death of her children. Such, fellow classmates, are no doubt some of the beautiful and such are some of the revolting experiences we will meet with in the practice of our profession. But if we have in us the instincts of the true physician, we will delight in doing good to the rich and poor alike, thus imitating in a measure Him who has more

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  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 426g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236819519
  • 9781236819512