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May 14, 1932

THE GREAT COURSE OF MEDICAL ENDEAVOR: PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS

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DALLAS, TEXAS

JAMA. 1932;98(20):1697-1701. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730460001001
Abstract

Suppose we stand on the high bridge that crosses the stream of knowledge, to gain a perspective of the entrance of medicine into the affairs of man. Far up the tortuous course we look, and strive to interpret the events which have influenced the flow of the thoughts of man—which have set him free. We see an infinite variety of streams, some sluggish, some strong, all entering the channel, with here and there a beacon light to illumine the way. Men of letters, scientists, artists and philosophers have had the opportunity of contributing to this stream. For this ability they have needed one requisite—an open mind; for fixed opinions retard the waters of clear-flowing truth.

We recognize with humility that, although truth is eternal, there can be reasonable doubt even as to accepted certainties. An open mind is the bulwark of wisdom. Some one has spoken of the deep slumber

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