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November 24, 1923


JAMA. 1923;81(21):1792. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650210058018

A student of the history of medicine 1 has remarked that in the United States and Canada there are not many physicians who possess even a slight knowledge concerning the manner in which the science of medicine has attained its present power as an agency for good, or concerning the persons who played the chief parts in bringing about this great result. The day has passed, however, when the importance of having some familiarity with the lives and achievements of the "makers of medicine" can be overlooked with the excuse of the "youth" of our country and the unpreparedness of our educational institutions to present the biographic and historical aspects of the subject. Each age steps on the shoulders of the ages that have gone before. The value of each age, Sir Michael Foster once observed, is not its own but is in part, in large part, a debt to