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February 12, 1887

PROGRESS OF MEDICINE AND VOLUNTARY MEDICAL ORGANIZATION UNDER A FREE GOVERNMENT.

JAMA. 1887;VIII(7):185. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391320017003

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Abstract

The brief message of President Cleveland recently calling the attention of Congress to the propriety of making preparations for properly celebrating the completion of the first century of our country's progress under our present written Constitution establishing a true representative form of government, both State and National, suggested the question, What progress has medicine and medical organizations made under such form of government during the same period?

The written Constitution of the United States by which the previously existing thirteen loosely confederated States became one Nation, was passed by a Congress or Convention of delegates chosen for that purpose by the several States, and was officially promulgated on the 28th day of September, 1787. Consequently the 28th of September, 1887, will mark the completion of the first century of National progress under a well-defined constitutional form of government, adopted by the unrestricted choice of the people, and administered in all

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