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- He had no longer free energy enough for spontaneous research and speculative thinking, but by the bedside of patients, the direct external calls on his judgment and sympathies brought the added impulse needed to draw him out of himself.Book 7 — Two Temptations (32% in)
speculative = arising from curiosity rather than need
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