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April 7, 1956

THE HEART, PROGRESS, AND VISION OF MEDICINE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

JAMA. 1956;160(14):1193-1194. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960490007002
Abstract

• In the space of a third of a century, the physician has participated in victories over malaria, typhoid, cholera, dysenteries, appendicitis, pneumonia, and tuberculosis. There now is hope of virtually eliminating from the American scene all the infectious diseases and others besides. New techniques of immunizing, restoring, and rehabilitating people are in prospect.

But there still is the need for physicians with sober and investigative minds and kind and understanding hearts. Misbehavior of all sorts, mental illness, and suicide may decline as new drugs are developed, their use is better understood, and good will, tolerance, and sympathy increase among the general population. The strong family group of a century ago provided the love, unity, security, and moral and religious guidance that are still needed in challenging and conquering the innumerable tragedies of life.

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