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December 13, 1884


Author Affiliations

Attending Physician for Skin and Venereal Diseases at the New York Hospital, Out-Patient Department, etc.

JAMA. 1884;III(24):651-655. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390730007001d

Read before the American Academy of Medicine, August, 1884.

The title chosen for this paper is purposely a little ambiguous and possibly a trifle ungrammatical; but it was desired to express by means of the title certain aspects of the subject of specialism in medicine which are worthy of consideration, and which are better indicated by this title than by one worded differently. The topic is not "specialists specialists and their relation to the members of the medical profession," but the broader one of specialism, or the concentration of thought and work in one direction, however it is accomplished. Nor is the topic "specialties and their relation to the science of medicine," but is broader even than this, and looks toward the relations which those who are practicing and advancing medicine should bear toward the development of its science and art, by developing the separate or special portions of that

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