THERE is no doubt that the phenomenal scientific and technical advances which have been made in medicine and surgery since the turn of the century offer the patient of today far greater opportunity for effective treatment and cure of serious disease than could have been tendered him in any former period. These numerous and far-reaching developments, and their social and economic significance, as well as their importance to the health of mankind, need not be enumerated to this audience. Obviously we, as members of a profession, are equipped to do a better job both medically and surgically than at any previous time in history, and I am sure that we all strive to utilize fully the therapeutic advantages which are available to our patients of today.
Granting the significance of this scientific and technical upsurge of the past 50 years, yet have we lost anything of value during this period?
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