A striking feature of the "History of the Medical Society of the State of New York," which has been appearing serially in the New York State Journal of Medicine, and is now published in book form, is the fact that a great amount of medical knowledge which we are prone to think of as originating in recent years was possessed by our forbears in medicine of the early part of the nineteenth century. In the chapter on the prize essays of the society attention is called to the fact that of the first seven essays not one is without great interest at the present time. One would be apt to think that medical matters discussed almost a century ago would have very little practical significance for the physician of the present. We are prone to assume that there has been so much development in medicine that we have been set
OUR FOREFATHERS' KNOWLEDGE. JAMA. 1908;L(6):454–455. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530320042003
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