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January 20, 1900


Author Affiliations

Late Government Physician and Medical Superintendent of Malulani Government Hospital, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaiian Islands. LOS ANGELES, CAL.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(3):138-144. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610030012002a

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As disease and death have prevailed among all people, from the earliest period, so physicians have always been a necessary evil. Since the day Adam got rheumatism cooling off too quickly after his day's work, and Eve became subject to nervous headaches, worrying over the meals and the children, the doctors have been with us, and, unless they meet with better success in discovering "elixirs" in the future than they have in the past, bid fair to stay by us forever. The Indian medicine-man was a unique character, and a person of some prominence among his tribesmen. Like the average practitioner in some little town, he could afford to dress better than his fellows. So in Africa, and every other country, the doctor is a distinguished individual, because from the very nature of his subject, no one except another doctor can say that he doesn't know a great deal about

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