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Medicine as Promoter of Peace Between Nations
At the recent meeting of the Nederlandsche Laatschappij tot verordering der Geneeskunde, which comprises the majority of the physicians of the Netherlands, several speakers brought out in their addresses that the spirit of medicine tends by its very nature to promote peace between nations. Taking up this principle, Dr. Roorda pointed out the dangers and the atrocities to which not only the combatants but also the noncombatants were subject, and emphasized that physicians could suppress in a measure the war instinct. Burger brought out that it is not so much the dangers of war itself that depress the spirit of mankind as it is the disturbance of economic and psychologic relations as after-effects of a great war. The medical associations of small neutral countries contribute readily toward the confirmation of peace but it is much more difficult to secure the support of those
NETHERLANDS. JAMA. 1932;99(3):238-239. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740550052024