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May 19, 1894

ORGANIZATION A NECESSITY FOR PROFESSIONAL PROGRESS.President's address,delivered before the Michigan State Medical Society at its annual meeting, held in Lansing, Mich., May 3-4,1894.

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.

JAMA. 1894;XXII(20):727-731. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420990001001
Abstract

That professional progress, or the advancement of the interests and reputation of the science of medicine is to be desired, we all admit, but how it shall be attained is a problem that has not yet met with a satisfactory solution. It is evident that it must be along certain lines, prominent in which are a higher standard of education, and a higher standard of professional morals, as well as advancement in therapeutic resources.

At present the title, "Doctor in Medicine," in this country does not indicate any degree of literary or scientific excellence in the holder. It does not necessarily mean that he is one whose fitness to care for the physical trials and sufferings of his fellowman has been passed upon and established by a body of competent examiners, but that he is one who has either assumed to himself the title, or one to whom it has

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