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November 4, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(19):1736. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800440040013

Medicine has developed through the labor of many and under the leadership of relatively few. During the past half century medicine in general, and American medicine in particular, have undergone revolutionary changes. The mystic, religious and philosophical domination has given way to the influence of natural and social sciences. The beneficial yield of objectivity to human society has surpassed the most optimistic expectations. Will the importance of personal leadership wane in the light of these recent changes? A superficial analysis of this problem might suggest that the introduction of exact sciences into medicine has decreased considerably the need for leadership. A more detailed study of the question indicates however that, precisely because of the rapid growth and of the diversified interests represented in modern medicine, guidance and correlation in medical education and practice are becoming more important than ever.

The Peter Bent Brigham Hospital under the leadership of Dr. Henry

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