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JAMA 100 Years Ago
September 13, 2000


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JenniferReiling, Editorial Assistant

JAMA. 2000;284(10):1214. doi:10.1001/jama.284.10.1214-JJY00029-2-1

The requirements of the scientific physician are yearly growing more exacting. Precision in observation and intelligence in treatment have become essentials in the modern practice of the art of medicine. The trend of current opinion in this connection is well indicated in an admirable and scholarly address delivered recently before the Ontario Medical Association by Dr. Lewellyn F. Barker,1 late associate professor of pathology in the Johns Hopkins University, and now professor of anatomy in Rush Medical College, who states that were a medical student, suited by heredity and environment, to look forward to the higher things in medicine, to ask the question, "How can I best fit myself to make real advances in knowledge in medicine and therapy during the next twenty-five years?" he should say, "In addition to a thorough medical course, arm yourself with sufficient mathematics and gain a thorough theoretical and practical training in the methods of physics and chemistry, and especially in the principles and methods of what is called physical chemistry. After this, turn your attention to the solution of medical problems."

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