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February 27, 1909


JAMA. 1909;LII(9):707-708. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540350033007

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It is a singularly felicitous coincidence that the last address given by the President-elect as a private citizen should have been delivered on Washington's birthday, at the University of Pennsylvania, on the subject of "The Present Relations of the Learned Professions to Political Government." No occasion could be more appropriate for such an address than the birthday anniversary of our first President, nor any place more suitable than the seat of the first American university, organized in 1765, which granted, in 1768, the first medical diploma issued in America. The recognition of the obligations which members of the learned professions owe to the government and the emphasis of the political duties of the educated classes are most opportune. Mr. Taft's address can be accepted as a forecast of the character of his coming administration.

After emphasizing the "duty of every citizen, no matter what his profession, business or trade, to

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