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Books and Men
It is hard for me to speak of the value of libraries in terms which would not seem exaggerated. Books have been my delight these thirty years, and from them I have received incalculable benefits.
Medicine in the Nineteenth Century
The only vocation of the physician is to heal - theoretical knowledge is of no use. In a case of sickness he should only know what is curable and the remedies. Of the diseases he cannot know anything except the symptoms.
The Growth of Specialism
It may be interesting to take a glance at the state of medicine in this country at the opening of the century. There were only three schools of medicine, the most important of which were the University of Pennsylvania and the Harvard.
Science of Bacteriology
The stimulus to research as to the causes of disease along the line of bacterial origin did not entirely cease to be felt, and the names of Pollender and Davaine are linked together in the first undoubted discovery of micro-organisms in disease.
Infection - Its Processes and Results
In the foregoing list of diseases associated with specific bacteria, attention has been drawn to the common modes of infection, or, as they are technically called, portals of entry.
Preventive Medicine
Until the middle of the nineteenth century Typhus fever prevailed widely in most of the large cities, particularly in Europe, and also in jails, ships, hospitals and camps. It was more widely spread than typhoid fever and much more fatal.
The New School of Medicine
The nineteenth century has witnessed a revolution in the treatment of disease, and the growth of a new school of medicine. The old schools—regular and homoeopathic—put their trust in drugs, to give which was the alpha and the omega of their practice.
Chauvinism in Medicine
Chauvinism is a great enemy of progress and of peace and concord among the units. I have not the time, nor if I had, have I the ability to portray this failing in all its varieties.
Nationalism in Medicine
Nationalism has been the great curse of humanity. In no other shape has the Demon of Ignorance assumed more hideous proportions - to no other obsession do we yield ourselves more readily.
Provincialism in Medicine
While we may congratulate ourselves that the worst aspects of nationalism in medicine are disappearing, yet in English-speaking countries conditions have favoured the growth of a very unpleasant subvariety, which may be called provincialism or sectionalism.
Parochialism in Medicine
Of the parochial and more personal aspects of Chauvinism I hesitate to speak. All of us, unwittingly as a rule, illustrate its varieties.
Some Aspects of American Medical Bibliography Part 1
While there is not in American medicine much of pure typographical interest, compensation is offered in one of the most stupendous bibliographical works ever undertaken. The Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon-General's Office atones for all shortcomings.
Some Aspects of American Medical Bibliography Part 2
The third aspect of medical bibliography relates to writings which have a value to us from our interest in the author. After all, the true bibliophile cares not so much for the book as for the man whose life and mind are illustrated in it.
The Hospital As a College Part 1
I envy for our medical students the advantages enjoyed by the nurses, who live in daily contact with the sick, and who have, in this country at least, supplanted the former in the affections of the hospital trustees.
The Hospital As a College Part 2
One day in the week, in the amphitheatre, a clinic is held for the third and fourth year students and the more interesting cases in the wards are brought before them.
The Hospital As a College Part 3
For the third and fourth year students, the hospital is the college. For the juniors, the outpatient department and the clinics. For the seniors, the wards.
On the Educational Value of the Medical Society
The doctor's post-graduate education comes from patients, from books and journals, and from societies, which should be supplemented every five or six years by a return to a post-graduate school to get rid of an almost inevitable slovenliness in methods of work.
The Master-Word in Medicine Part 1
In William R. Beaumont and Edward Mulberry Hodder, we had before us the highest type of the cultivated English surgeon. In Henry H. Wright we saw the incarnation of faithful devotion to duty.
The Master-Word in Medicine Part 2
Much study is not only believed to be a weariness of the flesh, but also an active cause of ill-health of mind, in all grades and phases. I deny that work, legitimate work, has anything to do with this.
The Master-Word in Medicine Part 3
Like art, medicine is an exacting mistress, and in the pursuit of one of the scientific branches, sometimes, too, in practice, not a portion of a man's spirit may be left free for other distractions, but this does not often happen.
The Fixed Period Part 1
To a man of active mind too long attachment to one college is apt to breed self-satisfaction, to narrow his outlook, to foster a local spirit, and to promote senility.
The Fixed Period Part 2
Indeed the rapidity with which the scientific instruction in our medical schools has been brought to a high level is one of the most remarkable educational features of the past twenty years. Even in small unendowed colleges admirable courses are given in bacteriology and pathology.
The Student Life Part 1
What is the student but a lover courting a fickle mistress who ever eludes his grasp? In this very elusiveness is brought out his second great characteristic —steadfastness of purpose.
The Student Life Part 2
What we call sense or wisdom is knowledge, ready for use, made effective, and bears the same relation to knowledge itself that bread does to wheat. The full knowledge of the parts of a steam engine and the theory of its action may be possessed by a man who could not be trusted to pull the lever to its throttle.
The Student Life Part 3
The student-specialist has to walk warily, as with two advantages there are two great dangers against which he has constantly to be on guard.
Unity, Peace, And Concord
Nothing in life is more glaring than the contrast between possibilities and actualities, between the ideal and the real. By the ordinary mortal, idealists are regarded as vague dreamers, striving after the impossible.
L'Envoi
I AM sure you all sympathize with me in the feelings which naturally almost overpower me on such an occasion. Many testimonials you have already given me of your affection and of your regard, but this far exceeds them all, and I am deeply touched that so many of you have come long distances, and at great inconvenience, to bid me God-speed in the new venture I am about to undertake.
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