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May 16, 1885

THE ADDRESS IN SURGERY AND ANATOMY.Delivered in General Session at the Thirty-sixth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.

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Professor of Surgery and Clinical Surgery in the Medical Department of the University of Tennessee; Chairman of the Section on Surgery and Anatomy, American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1885;IV(20):533-536. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390950001001

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Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Association  —The Surgical Section of the American Medical Association has cause for warmest congratulation by reason of the large number of its members, their high attainments, their devotion to science, their well deserved fame and distinction, the rapid progress of this department, the wonderful enlargement of its field of thought and action, the great increase of its means and opportunities of usefulness, the splendor of its past achievements and the brilliant promise of its future conquests.The lights of the present and the shadows of its past history are necessary to a faithful portraiture of its true dimensions and real stature. The very limitation of its sphere results in a clearer definition of its province. It antedates the pyramids, and lingers with the Egyptian priesthood, who, upon sacred walls, transmitted to us their knowledge of operations and instruments, not unlike some of to-day.

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