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JAMA 100 Years Ago
September 26, 2001


Author Affiliations

JenniferReiling, Assistant Editor

JAMA. 2001;286(12):1425. doi:10.1001/jama.286.12.1425-JJY10032-2-1

The banquet to be given in honor of Dr. N. S. Davis, at Chicago, on October 5, ought to be a notable event. We, in this country, are beginning to adopt the praiseworthy custom of showing our great men that we appreciate them while they are yet with us, and there has been no better opportunity afforded to give honor where it is due than this one. It is sixty-five years since Dr. Davis entered on the practice of medicine and these have all been years of active usefulness and prominence in the profession. His connection with the founding of the American Medical Association would of itself insure him an immortality in our records and memories, but it is only one incident of his leadership in all good works and causes. His active advocacy of higher medical education, which he was one of the first to promote, of higher ethical standards, of temperance, etc., can never be forgotten so long as there is a history of American medicine, and while in his long life of usefulness there may have been many who have differed with him on some details, no one has ever questioned the sincerity and honesty of his opinions or his honorable methods. There is no one living at the present time that the American medical profession ought more to delight to honor, and we are sure that its members will not allow the occasion to pass without showing their appreciation of the opportunity.