Prolapse of the Prostate Gland

George M. Garland
1921 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
Of Professor Sedgwick's scientific attainments I am not qualified to speak, especially in an assembly of this character. His achievements in these subjects you know far better than I do. It is, therefore, of his personal qualities that I wish to speak; and the most striking of these seem to me to have been his enthusiasm, his generosity and his geniality. Without enthusiasm, without a belief in the intrinsic value of what he is striving to do, and a confidence in the usefulness of his work, a
more » ... ss of his work, a man can hardly achieve much. Professor Sedgwick had such an enthusiasm in abundance, and he imparted it to others. He was, indeed, an optimist,-that is, he believed that the world was good, could be made better, and that he could help to make it better. This feeling underlay all that he did. He was also a man of many enthusiasms, for the variety of his interests was great; and yet, so far as I could see, no one of them was ever neglected for the others. In spite of uncertain health in the last score of years of his life, he seemed always abreast of everything that he undertook. The next marked characteristic was his generosity, and that of the rarest kind,-a generosity of mind. He seemed to show no trace of jealousy, was glad that others should get full credit for anything they might do, and took little heed to his own reputation if the good work went on. He showed this quality in the School of Public Health, conducted jointly by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. Institutional unselfishness is rare, but to Professor Sedgwick it came naturally. Perhaps this virtue was connected with his geniality. He made friends rapidly, and I never met anyone more agreeable to work with than he was during the more than twenty years that he was Curator at the Lowell Institute, while I was the Trustee. He was suggestive; would accept suggestions and carry them out; and made the path smooth and easy. Everyone he met liked him, because he liked them and sympathized with them. As Dr. Kelley has said, his end came as he would himself have wished. To all men a lingering illness is a sore trial; but one cannot think of Professor Sedgwick incapacitated for work. To the last minute he labored for the good of men. This community was fortunate in having him come among us, and it is indeed poorer for his loss. Formerly Physician to the Wo ma n ' s Ro o o m in the Out -Patient Department of t he M a s s a c h u s e t t s
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