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The intelligent and thoughtful physician, reasonably familiar with current medical literature, has not failed to notice the extraordinary activity in many lines of investigation, and the rapidity of changes in almost every department of practice, that characterize the present period of time. And if he could safely regard all positive assertions as facts, all changes as progress, and all progress as genuine improvement, then surely, he might justly claim the last two or three decades of time as an epoch of improvement in the science and art of medicine without a parallel in all the past centuries.
It is no part of my present purpose, however, to attempt a review of the general field of medicine, but rather to ask your attention to only a limited number of the topics and tendencies that are at present exerting an important influence on the progress of true medical science and on the
DAVIS NS. THE ADDRESS ON MEDICINE.Delivered at the Forty-first Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held in Nashville, Tenn., May 21, 1890.. JAMA. 1890;XIV(21):746–754. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410210010001a