JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
In the death of Dr. Nathan Smith Davis the medical profession has lost
a member who always stood for the highest and noblest in ethics, in morals
and in right living. Dr. Davis worked long and earnestly for high ideals in
medicine, and for the betterment of his profession in every way. He represented
before the people the best and purest in that profession, and he always advocated
that which he believed to be for the welfare of his confrères and for
the good of the people. However, it was as a medical teacher that Dr. Davis
was best known, and thousands of men now in practice reverence his name because
of the influence he exerted on them during their student days. He was one
of the leaders in urging a higher standard of entrance requirements and a
more practical method of instruction. Many years before it was adopted he
was an advocate of the graded course.
NATHAN SMITH DAVIS, M.D.. JAMA. 2004;291(24):3062. doi:10.1001/jama.291.24.3062