Autobiography of Samuel D. Gross, M.D.; Emeritus Professor of Surgery in the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia. with Sketches of His Contemporaries Volume 1

Autobiography of Samuel D. Gross, M.D.; Emeritus Professor of Surgery in the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia. with Sketches of His Contemporaries Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...or neglected. Many of them have been addressed to me by my professional brethren, and more especially by graduates of the different schools with which I have been connected, asking advice respecting the nature and treatment of their cases. These letters could not be slighted without the risk of making these men my enemies, and thus positively injuring myself as well as the institution with which I might at the time be connected. The writer perhaps tells me that he has a man laboring under a tumor or morbid growth, concerning which he earnestly desires my opinion, adding, it may be, that his diagnosis, if I can confirm it, will be the making of his reputation. Now, much as I like to assist my professional brethren in their troubles, I never lose sight of the fact that I owe something to myself. I therefore always answer that, inasmuch as I have not seen or examined the case, I cannot be supposed to know anything about it To give an opinion in the dark, founded solely upon the statement of another, perhaps not overly wise, would indeed be the height of folly. It is certainly what no sensible man should do. A professor is thus a dependent creature. If his pupils are his friends they send him patients, and his school students; if his enemies, they withhold both, and thus give other physicians and other colleges their patronage. A graduate then has a professor greatly in his power. The same remark applies to advice concerning the purchase of books, instruments, and apparatus. I have often been asked to give my opinion upon points of professional etiquette; and also to act as umpire in cases of disputes between two professional brethren--no very enviable office, certainly, and yet not always avoidable, especially in the case of old pupils, or of good...show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236613430
  • 9781236613431