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Life is filled up with dreams of the future. What we know seems trivial when measured by the knowledge we would like to acquire. Possession kills desire; realization slays fantasy and transforms the wonderful into the commonplace. of All the beauty of this world lies only in the fantasies which reality can never approximate. The marvels of the present are seen only by those who stand outside. A life is a continual game between hope and fulfilment, between expectation and disappointment. And therein lies our good fortune-that we can still be deceived. The more highly the physician values his services, from a material point of view, the more highly he is regarded as an idealist, and vice versa. That is how the idealism of the medical profession looks in real life. For many physicians their ideals are superfluous ballast.