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Excerpt from Pathfinders of Physiology
Nor is the history of medicine without its martyrs. While seien tific inquiry has been the chief instrument in producing a higher and better civilization, it has met at almost every step determined op position from the powers of ignorance and jealousy. There is great satisfaction in giving to the world those things which all men see and for which all men are grateful. The poet, the painter, the musician and the architect vie with one another in their appeal to the esthetic sense. Yet is there not something higher even than knowledge for the sake of knowledge, or art for art's sake? Yes, there is honor to him who chooses a less spectacular calling, to him who applies scientific knowledge to the conquest of disease. Such men have bat tled with the enemy unencouraged by the blare of trumpets or the throb of the war drum. They have pursued their work in hospital ward or laboratory, or as Weelum mclure, have braved the winter storm on errands of mercy to the suffering.
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