JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
The sixteenth annual meeting of this medical body, just held in Washington,
D. C.—where all its meetings are held—seems to have been exceptionally
successful from the point of attendance as well as in the scientific program
and discussion. In the president's address, Dr. William H. Welch, of Baltimore,
made the significant observation that the day for formal addresses before
bodies like this had passed. It would be well if this sentiment became more
general because much valuable time is consumed in the delivery, and much valuable
space in the printing, of introductory addresses of but little real value.
Dr. Welch emphasized that while the opportunities for research in the more
technical branches of medicine at present are unexcelled in this country,
yet scientific work of an advanced character in clinical medicine had not
developed as much as might be wished. As has been pointed out in the columns
of THE JOURNAL,1 the majority of our large hospitals
are not yet organized in such a way as to render the proper sort of post-graduate
work in clinical branches practicable and inviting. Dr. Welch recommended
the introduction of the system of hospital residents as an important step
toward the development of clinical post-graduate work. The essential point
is that under hap-hazard and too frequently political methods of appointing
hospital staffs no regular, systematic plans for training young men in clinical
medicine have been developed.
THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PHYSICIANS.. JAMA. 2001;285(18):2299. doi:10.1001/jama.285.18.2299