Within the last two weeks President Roosevelt has touched on subjects
of direct interest to physicians in two different addresses. In his address
to the Long Island physicians he emphasized the difficulties in the way of
the construction of the Panama canal and the essential part that preventive
medicine must play and is playing in this undertaking. His appreciative remarks
of the sanitary work of General (Dr.) Leonard Wood in Cuba and the stress
laid on the comparatively speaking inadequate rewards for services of such
great benefit to a people make pleasant reading for medical men. President
Roosevelt has a firm grasp of the rôle of medicine in the progress of
civilization and he clearly recognizes the value of expert knowledge in sanitary
work, a point on which many public non-medical officials of great power often
appear lamentably weak and unsound.
PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT ON THE REWARDS OF SCHOLARSHIP.. JAMA. 2005;294(9):1022. doi:10.1001/jama.294.9.1022
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