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Lord Moynihan on the Advance of Medicine
In his Romanes lecture at Oxford, Lord Moynihan, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said that surgery had almost reached the end of its progress along the lines which it so far had followed. The most extensive and delicate operations were carried out on every organ in the body, including those only recently made accessible, with a success that not even Lister himself could have believed possible. New methods of treatment might no doubt appear in their further development, but so long as cutting operations of the kind now practiced had to be applied, it was hardly possible that their success could be improved on except through increasing the patient's powers of resistance by preliminary preparation. Heretofore surgeons had been engaged in discovering methods of dealing with structural diseases by mechanical devices. Now they must concern themselves with recognition and correlation of
LONDON. JAMA. 1932;99(1):45-46. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740530047018