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and generous appreciation of each other's work; let us eliminate every particle of envy at the success of others; let us heartily commend all who have enlarged the boundaries of our science or who have improved its art. Let us remember that the man who can appreciate what is excellent in others, is the man most likely to accomplish what is excellent himself.
Gentlemen of the Southern Association, let our motto be, lofty aim and united action. As Southern men. let us show to the world that, under changed conditions, we have still the stamina of our forefathers. As members of our beloved profession, let us strive to be first in scientific attainment, first in integrity, first in high purpose for the good of mankind.
An Address before the Association of the Survivors of the Confederate
Surgeons of South Carolina, at
the Annual Meeting held at Columbia, S. C, November, 1889.
By F. Peyre Porcher, A. B., M. D.,
Surgeon to the Holcombe Legion, to the Confederate Hospital, Fort Nelson, Norfolk Harbor,
and the South Carolina Hospital, Petersburg, Virginia.
Fellow Survivors of the Medical Departments of the Army and
Navy of South Carolina :
Mr. President,— It was a happy inspiration which prompted us to gather in this capital of South Carolina three years since to organize an association of the surviving surgeons of the separate departments of the army and navy. It partakes of the character of a Medical Cincinnati Society, which is right and proper, as it proposes to transmit to those of immediate descent, certain rights and privileges which have been dearly purchased.
If men were born free and equal, they did not long remain so—for distinctions very soon arose based on difference of conduct, of character, or talents. If your ancestors fought and bled, and gave their property or their livesfreely for their country, whilst ours remained at home in inglorious ease, or were money-changers, and wholly devoid of patriotism, we must naturally expect that superior respect and position—other things being equal—should be accorded you, and, by virtue of a more honorable past, you should receive a