August 4, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(5):302. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460310036008

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The presidential address of Dr. Elliston before the British Medical Association, which we give in abstract in this issue, contains a very interesting history of the leading facts of British medicine from the earliest times down to the present. Some of these are medical curiosities and all will be of interest to our readers. It seems a little strange to learn that medical education was so backward in England up to so recent a period and that the regular medical college hardly existed before the middle of the eighteenth century, if indeed it did then. From the history of American medicine, comparing it with this, we can see that the early medical pioneers of this country were fairly representative of their confrères in Great Britain. Dr. Osler's prophecy, noticed in one of the recent issues, that the time will come when transatlantic students will look to this country for their

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