This is a subject of great width, in its entirety. The history of medicine may be very appropriately included in the investigation, as well as an almost interminable terminable biographical account of its representative members. But at present we will only try to give a few suggestions: first, as to the mutual relations between tween the profession of medicine, as a profession, and the public; second, as to the true status of the individuals who pretend to practice it.
The healing art, as it is sometimes called, is so old that no one can tell when it originated. It is quite probable that, with the exception of the priestly office, and those occupations and professions growing directly out of man's physical wants, it is the most ancient of all. I cannot tell whether it was from the first a part of the priestly office to minister to the ills of
HAMILTON SM. THE PROFESSION AND PRACTICE OF MEDICINEIn Some of Its Relations to Human Society.. JAMA. 1887;VIII(3):63–67. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391280007002a
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