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JAMA 100 Years Ago
September 7, 2005


JAMA. 2005;294(9):1022. doi:10.1001/jama.294.9.1022

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.

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