January 23, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(4):211-216. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490490001001

THE DOCTOR IN POLITICS.*  CHARLES A. L. REED, A.M., M.D.Chairman of the Committee on Legislation of the American Medical Association.CINCINNATI.An invited speaker, when contemplating the demands of propriety with which he is about to be confronted, experiences the conflicting emotions of certainty and uncertainty. He is certain, for instance, as I am certain this evening, that he is the recipient of a conspicuous honor in being asked to engage the attention of his colleagues in a learned profession; and he is equally certain, as I am this evening, that he owes his acknowledgments of profound gratitude for the distinction that has thus been conferred on him. But unfortunately, at this point, and in the absence of an assigned topic, his feeling of equanimity deserts him, for if there is one thing more than another that he does not know, it is which subject, within the range of

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