The Medical New Year.

    Abstract

    On October 1, our medical schools begin their winter session; and in many of the chief medical schools this New Year's Day is observed by giving a ceremonial address to students and others. This good custom shows some signs of old age. The need is less than it was that medical students should be warned against idleness, off-hand manners, or unkindness. The introductory address tends to have an old-fashioned air; and, it may be, the time is coming for some kind of ceremony more in accord with our present ways. The like embarrassment seems to attend the annual orations in praise of Harvey and of Hunter at the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons of England. Harvey and Hunter, we begin to think, would be glad to know that their immortal names were given a rest, in favour of the praises of some of their successors.

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