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JAMA 100 Years Ago
January 23/30, 2013


Author Affiliations

JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2013;309(4):325. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.145186

Sane, unbiased criticism must ever rank among the helpful influences that make for progress. The debt that American medicine owes to Great Britain, to France and to Germany, each of which has in turn furnished instruction and inspiration to eager students and travelers from our shores, has often been referred to in public with becoming emphasis and gratitude. Eminent German physicians and investigators have published their impressions of the status of medical science in America with an impartial insight that has dictated many just comments on our shortcomings. We recall a particularly trenchant commentary of a few years ago by Prof. F. von Müller of Munich. Warm commendation and friendly adverse criticism were mingled in becoming fashion.