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October 13, 1883

THE SCIENTIFIC DUTIES OF MEMBERS OF MEDICAL SOCIETIES.

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KALAMAZOO, MICH.

JAMA. 1883;I(14):420-422. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390140012001c

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Abstract

[Read before the Kalamazoo District Medical and Surgical Association, Sept. 25, 1883.]

The physician is a scientist and an artist. In but few individuals do we find the two combined in equal proportions. In some the artistic principles are predominant. Others have come to devote nearly their whole attention to the science of physic. The latter form by far the less numerous class. The art and the science are therefore distinct, but they are also intimately connected. The former, as old as the human race probably, is very successful when founded upon scientific principles; while the other had its origin in the art.

We have just said that the art is only successful when it is founded upon scientific principles, and yet it is a well-known fact that the most learned are often very poor practitioners. On the other hand a very ignorant man may be eminently successful, especially in

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