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THE PLACE OF THE PHYSICIAN

BEING THE INTRODUCTORY LECTURE AT
GUY'S HOSPITAL, OCTOBER 1873

WITH OTHER ESSAYS

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PREFACE.

On being requested to print the Lecture I had the honour of delivering at the opening of the present Session of Guy's Hospital Medical School, I felt that it dealt with some of the subjects on which it touched in a manner so fragmentary as to demand an attempt at a fuller explanation. I have accordingly added two short Essays, which, I hope, may show that there are reasonable grounds for the views which, in the Lecture, I endeavoured briefly to enforce.

I should say, also, that, in claiming so much for the Physician, I have not meant to make

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any exclusive claim for him, nor to imply that his part in human life is larger or better than that of any of his fellows. My object was to trace out, so far as I could, the position of' advantage in respect to the other aspects of human thought and action, in which their own studies and experience place those whose primary duty is with the physical structure and the physical ills of man. For them, if they truly enter into their work, I have claimed that, through the necessary relations, of their special knowledge to all other, they stand in the attitude of teachers to every other class of men, especially to those whose business lies with the most important spheres of human life. But if the Physician is in wide relations a teacher, assuredly he is also on every hand a learner; and to the full I believe that for every task which is imposed on men there is provided an equal reward, and that the

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