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June 15, 1912

AN ESSAY OF HEALTH AND LONG LIFE, PUBLISHED A. D. 1725

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(24):1843-1846. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060192006
Abstract

The science of medicine may be considered as just passing from infancy into childhood. The art of medicine is a trifle older. The fond relatives of the former young gentleman, who is only beginning to feel steady on his legs, are already disposed to look condescendingly down on the other youth, who had his birthday back in those dark ages before the dawn of human civilization, and has been growing very slowly, but very steadily, ever since. The study of history develops a sense of perspective, which in its turn encourages tolerance, breadth of view and hope of future growth. In such a society as this it would surely be both interesting and profitable if we could now and then turn aside from regarding the deeds of the present and give a little time to the study of those of the past.

The leading physicians of the seventeenth and eighteenth

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