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A Work for Young Practitioners.
J. MILNER FOTHERGILL, M.D.,
PHYSICIAN TO THE CITY OF LONDON HOSPITAL FOR DISEASES OF THE
CHEST (VICTORIA PARK),
HON. M.D. RUSI COLL., ILL.,
Skill consists of a foundation of common-sense and a superstructure
of special education.'
471 F77 1888
When a patient places confidence in a member of the profession, puts his life, or his health, the prospects of himself, and, may be those also of his wife and children, in his hands, the least he, in turn, can do is to meet him with common honesty. If he be not entirely deserving of the confidence reposed in him, let him try to be worthy of it by doing his best. How much, however, does “ doing his best" involve? It involves all that lies in his power; each man to the very best of his ability. “For unto whomsoever'much is given, of him shall much be required.” “Doing his best” is taking all possible pains, which includes such information as may be attainable. Avoidable ignorance is not a worthy return for confidence.'