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November 13, 1948

CORRELATION OF GASTROENTEROLOGY AND SURGERY: Chairman's Address

Author Affiliations

Boston

From the Department of Gastroenterology, The Lahey Clinic, Boston.

JAMA. 1948;138(11):791-794. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900110001001
Abstract

Harmony and cooperation are basic cornerstones in all fields of human endeavor the purposes of which are the accomplishment of good. This statement is as significant as it is axiomatic. It needs neither emphasis nor elaboration in the world of today, where its antithesis, the effect of disharmony and lack of cooperation, is so clearly demonstrated and, by contrast, so revealing.

Medicine is par excellence a field in which the accomplishment of good is the prime and ultimate purpose. For its attainment, harmonious cooperation is as essential as vocational aptitude and training. The inevitable specialization which has resulted from the broadening and development of medical science during the past few decades has had as a natural consequence the development of an absorbing interest in each specialty, which becomes at times so intensive as to be exclusive and narrowing. Pride in the scope and immediate effect of such intensive effort within

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