C H A P T E R O N E
21 May 1900
The cusp of the 20th century hovered over them and like the birth of any thing, the dawning of eras. Change and growth were at the height of expectation. Revolutions had begun in science and medicine, literature and the arts. The people brimmed with optimism and focused on all that was new. Such advancement, however, brought about struggles. Some did not long for change and rejected new ideas and methods. As science breathed deeply and charged forward, religion reared up to defend its ground, however unstable its foundations now seemed in light of the new year.
The plaque was new. Shiny, polished brass. The new Superintendent of Medicine had insisted that a portion of their donation monies be used to purchase it. "It will serve as a motivation to our patients and an affirmation of faith in oneself as a doctor." This, however, was not entirely agreed upon by some of the staff.
"A wise man should consider that he