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September 15, 1906


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JAMA. 1906;XLVII(11):817-819. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210110001001

Amost all the phases of medical thought are so thoroughly discussed in the books of specialists and in the periodical press that the general practitioner who has neither time nor opportunity to pursue new lines of investigation finds difficulty in selecting a theme which will not be already familiar to the members of this learned society. I have, therefore, chosen a subject which may invite criticism and which shall be suggestive, even if not instructive. Is the art of medicine improving? This question would be answered affirmatively, at first thought, by the majority of physicians. Yet there are many thoughtful men who, while admitting that scientific medicine has made wonderful progress during the last half century, are still constrained to believe that the Art as distinguished from the Science has deteriorated.

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND MEDICAL PROGRESS.  Until recently the path of medical investigation might be compared to a plateau without

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