Medical Lectures Are, Or May Be, A
Necessary Part Of Medical Education.
As many as two or three
thousand often attend these popular lectures in Boston, but I do
not know whether on that account the popular subjects are much
Nevertheless I resolved to hear more, hoping
that I might in that way teach myself to understand what were the
popular politics in New England. Whether or no I may have learned
this in any other way, I do not perhaps know; but at any rate I did
not learn it in this way.
The next lecture which I attended was also given in the Tremont
Hall, and on this occasion also the subject of the war was to be
treated. The special treachery of the rebels was, I think, the
matter to be taken in hand. On this occasion also the room was
full, and my hopes of a pleasant hour ran high. For some fifteen
minutes I listened, and I am bound to say that the gentleman
discoursed in excellent English. He was master of that wonderful
fluency which is peculiarly the gift of an American. He went on
from one sentence to another with rhythmic tones and unerring
pronunciation. He never faltered, never repeated his words, never
fell into those vile half-muttered hems and haws by which an
Englishman in such a position so generally betrays his timidity.
But during the whole time of my remaining in the room he did not
give expression to a single thought.
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