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August 6, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(6):161-167. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400050001001

INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL JURISPRUDENCE.  Address delivered at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June 10, 1887.BY ISAAC N. QUIMBY, M.D., OF JERSEY GITY, N. J.CHAIRMAN OF THE SECTION ON MEDICAL JURISPRUDENCE.It is not a little remarkable that, while medical jurisprudence is but a new comer in the schools, and only one year ago received its first recognition as one of the legitimate subdivisions of the working-scope of the American Medical Association, its origin may be traced to the very beginning of established governments. Among the Hindoos as, subsequently, among the Israelites, Greeks and Romans, jurisprudence appears to have engaged the attention of lawgivers from the earliest period of which there is any record. It is allied to and coördinate with medicine, but in the use of this comprehensive word medicine (preventive and curative), jurisprudence for the prevention of disease far antedates the use of

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