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JAMA 100 Years Ago
February 7, 2001


Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2001;285(5):511. doi:10.1001/jama.285.5.511

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 life.