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August 29, 1896

DUTY OF THE PHYSICIAN TO THE PUBLIC.

Author Affiliations

SECRETARY IOWA STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY, AND PROFESSOR ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY, COLLEGE PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS, DES MOINES, IOWA.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(9):459-460. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430870007001b

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Abstract

The tendency among modern medical writers has been to present a subject pertaining to some special branch of medical and surgical science and, especially, to ride some "hobby" or pet theme, wholly ignoring the more practical thoughts which come before us in everyday life.

It is the purpose of this paper to point out briefly some of these errors, and it will make no pretense to science, but endeavor to present such thoughts as come under the writer's observation almost daily, while engaged in a general practice. And, it seems to me, they are of sufficient importance to invite the attention of the entire medical fraternity. It is true that science, and advanced theories of medicineand surgery have done much, and no doubt will do more, and are not to be disparaged, but they have in the past, it seems to me, been prosecuted to the detriment of the more

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