June 13, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(24):1988. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530500036006

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Two of the greatest recent triumphs of preventive medicine have been the freeing of Cuba from yellow fever and the rendering possible that Phœnix-like resurrection of the Panama Canal from the charnel house of dead efforts. Under these circumstances it was most natural that Colonel Gorgas, the chairman of the Section on Hygiene and Sanitary Science, the man to whom the first named public service was in the main, and the second entirely, due, should have been chosen president of the American Medical Association. In thus honoring Colonel Gorgas the Association has also honored not only itself, but the Medical Corps of the United States Army, the profession of medicine, and the government that was wise enough to recognize the fact that, all prejudice and precedent to the contrary notwithstanding, it is to the voice of the sanitarian that industrial and engineering enterprise must look for the axioms and postulates

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