It is a gratification to me to know that I am ignorant of art, and ignorant
also of surgery. Because people who understand art find nothing in pictures
but blemishes, and surgeons and anatomists see no beautiful women in all their
lives, but only a ghastly stack of bones with Latin names to them, and a network
of nerves and muscles and tissues.
- Letter to San Francisco Alta California, dated May 28, 1867; published July 28, 1867
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