An Address Delivered to the Graduating Class at the Massachusetts Medical College

Thomas Hill
1865 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
Gentlemen,-I am not insensible to the kindness of those who have asked mo to address a word of good cheer to the young men leaving this school at tho present time. They could not have expected from me any words bearing directly upon tho details of tho medical art, and cannot be disappointed if I confine myself to general views, and to such parts of the subject as are open to all observers. You, gentlemen, have chosen your profession ; inspire yourselves to perform with zeal and honor its
more » ... nd honor its duties, by taking first of all a just view of its dignity aud usefulness. Your teachers, and other venerated masters in tho art of healing, have given you and will yet give you practical directions and instruction in the detail of your duties ; I can only hope, by the thoughts which I bring to your remembrance, to inspire in you some new sense of the value of those duties and of their dignity. No man can do well any work unless he docs it from high motives and with a lofty spirit. No man can. adorn a profession until he first honors it by feeling that it honors him. Now the medical profession is honorable, and bestows dignity upon him who pursues it conscientiously. It lays under contribution all tho physical sciences from the lowest to tho highest, and requires no small aid from philosophy and theology also. It offers great opportunities of usefulness, and appeals to the noblest motives in tho heart of its professor. The final cause of the creation of this planet is, as far as man can sec, to afford a school for man's education and a theatre for hie action. To this end the lessons of creation arc arrayed in progressive series, and the fundamental ideas are embodied with various degrees of fulness in various beings. The creation has thus appeared to some minds almost tentative in its form. Thus in a go-
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