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November 19, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(21):1553-1554. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500210043006

The occasional medical address is apt to be rather perfunctorily prepared and delivered, but the speaker who made the annual oration in medicine at Yale University last June, dealt with topics of unusual interest, and gave expression to thoughts and ideas which are worthy of attention in a circle larger than that of his immediate audience.

The title of the address, which was recently published,1 is scarcely commensurate with the matters debated, for not only was the training of surgeons discussed, but, in addition, the gradual rise of surgery was depicted, the condition of surgery in Germany was contrasted with that in America, the organization of an ideal surgical clinic was described, and the relations of hospital workers and surgical practitioners to university teaching and research were examined.

The speaker, drawing on the history of surgery, warned his hearers against satisfaction with present achievement and blindness to the possibilities

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