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February 2, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(5):327-328. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470050031003

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Notwithstanding the power that the discovery of the uses of steam and electricity has given to the race; notwithstanding the happiness that education and improved ethics have brought to humanity, the greatest gift that the nineteenth century has given to man has been the discovery of scientific laws that lead to health; laws by the knowledge of which the plague and the diseases of other countries have been kept from spreading through the community, and laws which have taught physicians how to speedily ease suffering and to save and lengthen life.

A masterly and comprehensive syndicate article on "Medicine in the Nineteenth Century," from the pen of Dr. Osler, has just appeared. In it he sums up the discoveries and the advances of medical science in the last one hundred years, and to the layman his lucid descriptions of progress can not but be a revelation.

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