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During the year of 1956 many organizations as well as nations paid tribute to Benjamin Franklin on the 250th anniversary of his birth. It is quite fitting that the medical profession pause and acknowledge its debt to his genius.
The manifold benefits in our daily lives directly and indirectly attributable to him are incalculable. His numerous interests and the many facets of his colorful life have kept biographers busy for years. His role as a scientist with many publications, as our first ambassador to France, as our first postmaster general, and as a stateman in the history of our country and England is not fully realized nor appreciated today. The Revolutionary War could have been avoided, according to some authorities, if Franklin's advice in the Albany Plan of 1754 had been adopted. The War Between The States nearly 100 years later, and our current problem of segregation, probably never would
Remington JH. Benjamin Franklin. AMA Arch Surg. 1957;74(3):476-477. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1957.01280090174022