May 1937


Author Affiliations

Surgeon, Charing Cross Hospital LONDON, ENGLAND

Arch Surg. 1937;34(5):761-791. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1937.01190110002001

Look at life as a whole—study its manifestations in order and disorder, in health and disease.—Osler.

INTRODUCTION  The most characteristic features of the medical profession, features which distinguish it from all the other walks in life, are its dedication to the service of mankind and its devotion to the spirit of research. Medicine is the only world-wide profession the members of which follow everywhere the same methods, actuated by the same ambitions and pursuing the same ends. Its strength lies in this universal doctrine, and although it may be tinged with national characteristics, in its wider aspects it is a force which knows no country, which transcends all national limitations and which acknowledges no distinction of race, color or creed and no sovereignty but that of the mind. Science has done much to alleviate the unhappy conditions in which so many persons live. All this has been achieved by

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