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October 12, 1912

M E D I C A L P R O G R E S S

JAMA. 1912;LIX(15):1340-1344. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270100108002
Abstract

I invite you to take with me a reflective glance over the general intellectual movement which has led up to our latter-day modern medicine.

We hear much of the progress and of the science of medicine. It is impressed on us in our daily work, in meetings with fellow practitioners, in medical journals and in conversation with patrons and friends. The wonders of modern medicine are exploited by the magazines and in the daily press. It is a matter of common knowledge that medicine has entered on a new era, more scientific and exact, and more efficient in the relief ofsuffering and in the prevention and cure of disease.

If we review the general field of medicine or any of the departments into which it is divided, we are impressed with the fact that our knowledge of the human body with all its complexities of structure, function and variations in

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