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Seven Ages of Medical Man

Samuel Z. Levine, MD
Am J Dis Child. 1971;121(2):93-96. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1971.02100130047002.
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It is a great privilege for me to greet you, the entering class of 1962, and to welcome back you upper classmen of this 61st year of the Cornell Medical College. On behalf of my colleagues on the faculty, may I extend to you a most cordial welcome to join our academic circle. May I also express our common hope that the next four years will be fruitful and rewarding ones.

You have begun a course of study which will in time qualify you for membership in an ancient and honorable profession just as I did 42 years ago in this same medical school.

In the interim the medical curriculum has undergone incredible changes. Instrumental refinements coupled with advances in biological knowledge have so extended the frontiers of scientific medicine that many new areas have already eluded my comprehension despite frantic efforts to keep abreast. I am grateful that

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