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May 21, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(21):573-574. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391460013003

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To answer a number of inquiries in the most economical and satisfactory manner, we will state that a preliminary organization of this Society was effected at a meeting of physicians and clergymen of different denominations in this city, in March, 1885, and it was legally incorporated in July following. The experience of missionaries in all uncivilized and pagan countries had made it apparent to all interested in the spread and ultimate triumph of Christianity, that the greatest obstacle in the way, was the great difficulty of gaining access to the people of those countries; and also that the most successful mode of overcoming this obstacle, was to qualify the missionaries to perform successfully all the duties belonging to practitioners of medicine and surgery. But to acquire such medical qualifications and skill by the missionary, requires not less than three years of faithful study and a corresponding expenditure of money, while

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