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November 8, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(19):665-671. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410450001001

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THE MEDICAL PROFESSION AS A PUBLIC TRUST.  Annual Address before the N. Y. State Medical Association at its Seventh Session, in the City of New York, Oct. 22, 1890.BY JOHN G. ORTON, M.D.,OF BINGHAMTON, N. Y., PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION.The history of medicine through ancient and modern times, reveals the fact that it has always kept pace with the physical and moral sciences, and its origin and growth as an element of civilization, is worthy of consideration and attentive study. It is pleasant, and sometimes profitable to turn on proper occasions from the activities of professional life, to the contemplation of the past, to the sources of our art, to the principles and necessities that called it into existence, to the trials and struggles of our professional ancestry. We shall thereby be the better able to comprehend our own favored position, to understand the extent of our

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