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May 24, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(21):762. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410210026004

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Virchow writes an interesting salutatory to the April number of his Archiv, which issue marks the beginning of his 120th volume. He takes occasion to welcome the medical fraternity of the whole world to the coming Berlin Congress, which he fondly hopes will lead up to permanent international good-will and concord. He frowns upon any sectional root of bitterness, and promises to do his share towards having the rights of all comers considered. He is not quite sure of a peaceful result, but he points off its eminent desirability, for he says: " Let us show that medicine ennobles men and brings them near to the ideal humanity. Let us strive together, as in war, so in peace, to heal the wounded and cure the sick, no matter to what camp they may belong; for we physicians do not make war; it is our first and fairest task to mitigate its

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