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August 16, 1884


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JAMA. 1884;III(7):183-186. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390560001001b

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Read in Section on Practical Medicine and Materia Medica, American Medical Association, May, 1884.

My apology for occupying the valuable time of this Section must be found in my conviction of the importance of the subject I propose to discuss. I know it is thought trite and hackneyed, but the discussion of it cannot be considered as finished until there be a better agreement among us as to the treatment of this disease, or until the mortality from it is diminished much below its present rate. It is claimed to have been reduced from the 18 to 20 per cent. of a half century ago to 10 or 12 per cent.; but these lowest figures are still too high, and it is to be hoped that the profession will not be satisfied until there is a much greater reduction.

My object is not to boast of any great success in

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