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May 2, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(18):486-491. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390930010002

MEDICAL LEGISLATION—THE ANNUAL ADDRESS BEFORE THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN MEDICAL EDITORS.1  BY HENRY O. MARCY, A.M., M.D., OF BOSTON, MASS.In our modern civilization the public press holds and wields a power in the development of thought and shaping of opinions, equalled by no other of all the complex forces of government. This power is so omnipresent and farreaching, that the village or hamlet is indeed very remote that does not receive and discuss the dominating thoughts of the world's great centres of civilization, within the day upon which they are first published. We do not wonder that journalism makes a large bid for the best talent, or that it has been the highest ambition of many of our most learned men to spend their lives in addressing unseen audiences, moulding the wellsprings of human thought through this magic of the black art. The fundamental principles for the right

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