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February 16, 1889

ADDRESSES.

JAMA. 1889;XII(7):217-224. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400840001001

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THE SCIENCE OF SUCCESSFUL SURGERY.  The Annual Address of the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery.BY JOHN B. ROBERTS, M.D., PROFESSOR OF ANATOMY AND SURGERY IN THE PHILADELPHIA POLYCLINIC; SURGEON TO ST. MARY'S, TO ST. AGNES', AND TO THE JEWISH HOSPITAL.Although I have the honor to appear before you this evening in the role of Orator, and thereby lend my countenance to a time-honored custom, it is not proper to simulate a respect for this useless relic, which I do not feel.The annual address is a most reckless spendthrift of the time of scientific bodies; equalled in this characteristic by extempore discussions alone. Good scientific work throughout the entire year is better than a long address in January.With such sentiments, Fellows of the Academy, do I to-night enter upon my theme, with little worthy of the telling,"What the subject?" has been a pressing question. When I was

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