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January 23, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(4):178-179. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440040034006

The proposition which was made at the meeting of the American Medical Association in the city of Washington in the year 1884, that a monument should be erected by the physicians of America in the capital of the United States to some great medical hero of the Revolution, as typifying the part that the profession of medicine had taken in the establishment of the Republic, was enthusiastically received and unanimously indorsed from the venerable President, Austin Flint, Sr., to the youngest member of the body. It was admitted by every one that in a city where there were memorials of the eminent men of other callings, who had risked their lives in the struggle for National independence, it was but fitthat the profession of medicine should have its representative among these heroic figures, and all agreed that there was one man justly entitled to the distinction of having his effigy

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