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March 23, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(12):1035. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520380051009

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Physicians are acknowledging a duty to contribute whatever there is in the science and art of medicine for the general welfare; and this in a way apart from the customary office and consultation practice. Such among them as have the aptitude are lecturing and writing on the prevention of disease, hygienic and physiologic laws, the influence of heredity, the essential facts concerning tuberculosis—by far the most death-dealing of all agencies—and many other topics concerning individual and communal health. Such lectures are being given by members of the faculty of Harvard Medical College, and under the auspices of the New York Academy of Medicine, Chicago Medical Society and other county medical societies, as well as the New York Board of Education and other organizations that could well be mentioned. That these contributions to the common weal are very valuable indeed, no one can question who reflects that there is really nothing

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