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March 14, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(11):533. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430630035004

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The universal recognition of scientific progress and revolution can not be avoided. The man who doubts this must be very blind and very deaf and very feeble mentally.

In all the large cities the progress in electricity forces itself into observation, and an intense expectancy pervades everywhere. The field of medicine is no exception. The Baltimore meeting appeared like many others which had gone before. Members who listened to the various papers read failed largely to recognize their true significance. Only after, when these papers appeared in the Journal from week to week, did the fact dawn that medicine was advancing. This Baltimore meeting, more than all others, exhibited a restless onward movement of medicine outside of conventional lines and boundaries of the past. This was not so much apparent in the novelties and innovations proposed as in the doubt and questioning, and demand for evidence for the present theories.

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