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April 11, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(15):409-410. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390900017009

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The Hunterian Oration.—Volunteer Medical Association.—The Gheel Colony.—Antivivisectionists.— Ipecac in Dysentery.—A Rabbeth Medal.

Professor John Marshall delivered the annual Hunterian Oration in the theatre of the Royal College of Surgeons before a more than usually distinguished audience. The President, Mr. Cooper Foster, occupied the chair. The orator considered the mental attitude which " the founder of scientific surgery" would probably assume toward the active work and salient opinions of our times. The revelations of microscopical research and the growth of a new department of anatomy, histology, would have delighted Hunter, and his acquiescence in the truth of a modified cell-theory of the formation of tissues, and in the doctrine of the protoplasmic origin of animal and vegetable life, could be easily imagined. Not only as a physiologist, but as a pathologist, Hunter was a great vivisector, and it might be taken for granted that he would rank himself

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