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Image from page 342 of “Medical essays, 1842-1882” (1895)

Image from page 342 of “Medical essays, 1842-1882” (1895)
Healing Arts
Identifier: medicalessays1895holm
Title: Medical essays, 1842-1882
Year: 1895 (1890s)
Authors: Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894
Subjects: Medicine
Publisher: Boston New York : Houghton, Mifflin
Contributing Library: Boston Public Library
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to the business of healing,who considers Medicine itself a Science, or if not ascience, is willing to follow it as an art, — the noblestof arts, which the gods and demigods of ancient relig-ions did not disdain to practise and to teach. The same zeal made him always ready to listen toany new suggestion which promised to be useful, at aperiod of life when many men find it hard to learnnew methods and accept new doctrines. Few of hisgeneration became so accomplished as he in the arts ofdirect exploration ; coming straight from the Parisianexperts, I have examined many patients with him, andhave had frequent opportunities of observing his skillin percussion and auscultation. One element in his success, a trivial one comparedwith others, but not to be despised, was his punctual-ity. He always carried two watches, — I doubt if hetold why, any more than Dr. Johnson told what he didwith the orange-peel, — but probably with reference tothis virtue. He was as much to be depended upon at

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