JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Editorial Assistant.
Notwithstanding the power that the discovery of the uses of steam and
electricity has given to the race; notwithstanding the happiness that education
and improved ethics have brought to humanity, the greatest gift that the nineteenth
century has given to man has been the discovery of scientific laws that lead
to health; laws by the knowledge of which the plague and the diseases of other
countries have been kept from spreading through the community, and laws which
have taught physicians how to speedily ease suffering and to save and lengthen
MEDICINE OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY. JAMA. 2001;285(5):511. doi:10.1001/jama.285.5.511
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