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May 9, 1885

THE ADDRESS IN MEDICINE.Delivered at the Meeting of the American Medical Association at New Orleans, April 28, 1885.

Author Affiliations


JAMA. 1885;IV(19):505-509. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390940001001

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Chairman of the Section of Practical Medicine, Materia Medica, and Physiology.

The prescribed duty of the chairman of the Medical Section is to acquaint you with the progress made during the past year in materia medica and the practice of medicine. A literal compliance with the mandate would subject you to a wearisome recital of facts and fancies which have been gathered already by enterprising medical journals, and scattered broadcast throughout the world. The spirit of the injunction may be honored by the omission of minor and as yet unestablished additions to our armamentarium; while a few comments are made on the two recent discoveries which have not entirely escaped popular and professional attention: comma bacillus and hydrochlorate of cocaine.

The prompt and unprejudiced experiments made with the new local anæsthetic; the cordial, enthusiastic, and universal acknowledgment of its merits, are a sufficient refutation of the charge that the medical

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