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June 6, 1908

A NEW DUTY OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION: THE EDUCATION OF THE PUBLIC IN SCIENTIFIC MEDICINE.PRESIDENTS ADDRESS AT THE FIFTY-NINTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, AT CHICAGO, JUNE 2-5, 1908.

JAMA. 1908;L(23):1873-1876. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310490001001

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Abstract

The welcome that is extended to us this year by this great metropolis is peculiarly grateful, for Chicago is the home station of this national Association. This great city should serve as an inspiration to us all, for it personifies the best of the American spirit—vigor, enterprise, and stability of purpose. This city, during the year has lost one of its most gifted citizens, one whose name was honored in all countries, an ex-president of the Association. All honor to the memory of Nicholas Senn, surgeon, writer, investigator, publicist, a man who did pioneer work in surgery and who was always ready to promote the interests of the medical profession.

The coming together of men of mutual aims must always be a subject of public interest. What is the meaning of this gathering of medical men from the length and breadth of this great country?

First: That individually they may

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