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The Language of Medicine*

      Commencement speakers are expected to utter stately sentences heaving with social and political significance or to give advice to graduates about the need to live blamelessly in an otherwise imperfect world. I am not going to do that. Nor am I going to tell you about the -ectomies and -ostomies of my life. Rather, I am going to celebrate that magnificent bequest that you have just inherited—the language of medicine, which is uniquely ours and must be given to only the most worthy.
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