1881 The Lancet  
231 ,what I say is, pi-V remember, goiatleylien, the entertainrnent is not one which, .had I been left to myself, I should have iliought,goocl,enouc,h to ask you to. .Qne aacusation which I have heard brought against a aneeting like the present is that it,is apt to resolve itself into a mutual admiration society, each member praising what the other has done, all joining to extol what their own generation has accomplished, and that the gratification of personal vanities rather than the promotion
more » ... than the promotion of science is the chief outcome of the whole. But just as travellers on a long journey halt from time to time, and looking back on ,the road they have traversed, take courage to go further, so may we, feeling of undue self-gratulation, rejoice over what has been accomplished even in our own day, as an earnest and a pledge of future progress, an inducement to more unwearied etfort. Thirty years ago, throughout the whole of England and America, there was not a single hospital set apart for children. It was but rarely that one saw them, little waifs and strays, in the wards of our general hospitals, for the maxim "De minimis non curat lex" held good in medicine as in law.
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