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October 10, 1896


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JAMA. 1896;XXVII(15):781-786. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430930001001

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Ladies and Gentlemen: The wish expressed by my new colleagues that I open the lectures of this new year of medical instruction by some considerations of our work, laid upon me the somewhat difficult task of explaining my opinion, in a foreign language, on the organization of schools in this country, with which, also, I am not yet perfectly acquainted.

You must not think that this will be a confession of my ignorance of American history and institutions. On the contrary, I have always, from the time of my youth, inspired by the treatises of Ralph Waldo Emerson, loved this land. At the time of the great civil war I eagerly studied the work done by your fathers, who, destitute of everything necessary to carry on a successful war, decided to live or die for liberty and humanity.

I was astonished at this time to acknowledge the origin of a

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