JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
GEORGE M. GOULD, M.D.PHILADELPHIA.
I have been struck by the fact that the majority of great medical discoveries,
truths and instruments, have not been made completely and suddenly, but have
been led up to by preliminary and progressive steps, and that the layman has
so often made these discoveries prior to the medical practitioner. This great
medical truth is, indeed, but an illustration of the general law that all
professional progress, in whatever branch of study, is somehow or other a
result of stimulus from without. There is so much interest, and there are
so many lessons to be drawn from such observations in medical history, that
I have in late years kept minutes of this class of truths, from which I make
the following selections:
MEDICAL DISCOVERIES BY THE NON-MEDICAL.. JAMA. 2003;289(20):2730. doi:10.1001/jama.289.20.2730