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August 23, 1947


JAMA. 1947;134(17):1479-1481. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.72880340005007a

In the Book of Ecclesiasticus the famous Jewish Apocryphal writer Joshua Ben Sirach penned this immortal tribute to the physician: "Honor a physician with the honor due unto him... for the Lord hath created him. For of the Most High cometh healing... the skill of the physician shall lift up his head; in the sight of great men he shall be held in admiration."

We men of religion are gathered together this morning to give honor unto the physicians of this land—to pay tribute to the American Medical Association on its hundredth anniversary. We think of the manifold achievements of this great organization in creating new standards of medical education, in fashioning a code of professional ethics that could become the model for all other groups of thinkers and workers in the world, in combating ignorance and superstition, quackery and cultism. Through its superb publications, its Councils on Pharmacy and

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