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December 5, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(23):1379-1383. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490420001001

THE PROGRESS OF AMERICAN MEDICINE AND ITS RELATION TO PUBLIC AFFAIRS.*  W. W. GRANT, M.D.DENVER.A brief allusion to history and to current medical literature is not without interest and instruction in the progress of medicine and surgery and their relation to public opinion and to the public service. In the determination of some such questions and matters we are forced to deal largely with the body politic. What the profession has done everywhere for the public good, and what it has accomplished even in our own country, may be in itself a sufficient answer to the political motives and aspersions, and the debauchery of science, in the name of humanity and personal rights, with which it has to contend and over which it ever has and will continue to triumph. In the cause of scientific truth and progress it is our duty to protect the people against their

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