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  • n  a short pithy instructive saying

  • And Philadelphia's self-controlled Surgeon William Wayne Babcock, who once awed doctors by violating a surgical apothegm and performing an operation on his wife, contributed the .
  • In that apothegm is the key to the understanding of his character.
  • In fact, the Chinese seem to have taken Mao's apothegm, "Let the past serve the present," with a literalness that Western archaeologistshampered as they are by the .

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