Excerpt from Letters to a Young Physician Just Entering Upon Practice
I congratulate you, my young friend, on having arrived at the period on which your eyes have long been fixed; the period at which your education is terminated, and at which you are to enter upon the serious business of your profession. Your education, I say, is terminated. You are told, indeed, that you must continue to educate yourself through life. With out quarrelling about words, I think this does not present the subject in its true point of view. I agree that you are bound to study and to increase your knowledge as long as you continue to be engaged in your profession. But you are now educated; you are brought out. You are now placed on the course where you are to run your race. You look at the objects before you from a new point. You have put on your working-dress, and you are to go to business.
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